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Telstra CTO Sacked: Report

Telstra has reportedly sacked its chief technology officer Vish Nandlall – a former Ericsson US employee – after just 21 months in the job at Telstra HQ.

According to an Australian IT report, Telstra took action against Nandlall after he was found to have falsified his CV and allegations surfaced of plagiarism of presentation material. Nandlall was responsible for the operations of the telco’s IT system and developing the company’s technology road map.

He has been involved with the Gurrowa innovation co-creation lab in Melbourne and also led the telco’s big data and machine learning research and development initiatives, according to the Oz.

It says the future of a number of these programs is now uncertain, following the unceremonious departure of Nandlall.

Telstra yesterday declined to comment on this and other reports about Nandlall’s departure, other than to say: “Vish Nandlall has left Telstra after serving as the company’s chief technology officer for the past 21 months.”

Nandlall told technology Web site CRN that he was returning to the US for “personal reasons”, and said his resumé, which was publicly available online, was “verifiable”. “The terms under which I am leaving Telstra are private,” he said.

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