Australia’s largest operator Telstra has dismissed its CTO, Vish Nandlall, after allegedly finding that he had falsified his CV and plagiarised presentation material, the Australian reported.
Nandlall (pictured below), who was in the role for 21 months, joined Telstra from Ericsson North America. He was responsible for launching an innovation co-creation lab in Melbourne and led big data and machine learning R&D. The future of both those initiatives is now uncertain following his departure.
Under Nandlall’s leadership, Telstra has experienced a number of network outages over the past few months.
The operator hasn’t indicated who will fill the CTO role, which now comes under Stephen Elop, the former Nokia CEO who was appointed in March to the new role of group executive for technology, innovation and strategy.
The technology, innovation and strategy portfolio brings together Telstra’s chief technology office, chief scientist, its software group and corporate strategy, with links into product development functions.