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Three C-levels exit in a row as Telstra loses CIO

By James Henderson | Aug. 4, 2016
Telco giant is once again tasked with filling the void of an increasingly deserted boardroom.

Erez Yarkoni

Telstra has lost its third C-level ranking executive in the space of three months, with CIO Erez Yarkoni set to step down in October.

Following the controversial departure of CTO, Vish Nandlall, in May and the exit of COO, Kate McKenzie, in July, the telco giant is once again tasked with filling the void of an increasingly deserted boardroom.

After joining Telstra in early 2013 to run the company’s Cloud business, Yarkoni - who was promoted to the CIO role in February 2015 - will return back to the US in October, to ensure a “smooth transition of his leadership.”

“After developing and leading the refreshed IT strategy, and realigning the IT operating model, Erez has made the decision to move permanently back to the US to join his family," a Telstra spokesperson said.

“He departs Telstra with a clear road map for us to execute and deliver on our vision to become a world-class technology provider.”

Yarkoni’s departure adds to Telstra’s growing list of problems at an executive level, having suffered as Nandlall made a forgettable exit from the business two months ago, following widespread allegations that the CTO “falsified his CV” amidst “allegations of plagiarism of presentation material.”

Next up followed the exit of veteran McKenzie, who was responsible for the telco’s flawed network architecture, which has been plagued with outages since the turn of the year.

In addition to Yarkoni’s departure, Telstra Software Group head and co-founder of the telco’s start-up accelerator, muru-D, will also leave the company.


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