Telstra CIO Erez Yarkoni to depart

Telstra loses another executive

Telstra’s chief information officer and head of its cloud business, Erez Yarkoni, will leave the company, the telco has confirmed. The telco has confirmed that Charlotte Yarkoni, head of the Telstra Software Group and a co-founder of the company's startup accelerator muru-D, will also leave the company.

“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 spokesperson for the telco 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.”

The CIO will remain in his role until October “to ensure a smooth transition of his leadership”.

“A replacement will be announced closer to this time,” the spokesperson said.

Yarkoni joined Telstra in late 2013 as head of the telco's cloud business, adding the role of chief information officer to his responsibilities in February 2015 after the departure of Patrick Eltridge.

Yarkoni is not the only high-profile Telstra executive to leave this year.

Chief technology officer Vish Nandlall left Telstra under a cloud among allegations about the accuracy of his CV. Late last month Telstra’s chief operations officer, Kate McKenzie, called it quits after 12 years at the telco.

It has not been the easiest year for the telco. Although it has expanded the scope of its business including launching a new division focussed on the resources sector, on the telco side of things it has suffered a number of high-profile outages.

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