Cloud of controversy forms as Telstra sacks CTO

Telstra has sacked Chief Technology Officer, Vish Nandlall, with the executive leaving under a cloud of controversy after only 21 months in the role.

Vish Nandlall - CTO, Telstra

Vish Nandlall - CTO, Telstra

Telstra has sacked Chief Technology Officer, Vish Nandlall, with the executive leaving under a cloud of controversy after only 21 months in the role.

As reported first by The Australian, Nandlall was allegedly shown the door following months of internal pressure, “after he was found to have falsified his CV” amidst “allegations of plagiarism of presentation material”.

Since joining Telstra in August 2014, Nandlall managed the telco’s core IT system, while also launching the Gurrowa innovation co-creation lab for the Internet of Things in Melbourne, alongside leading Big Data and Machine Learning initiatives and investments.

According to his LinkedIn profile, which is alleged to have been embellished, Nandlall is regarded as a “highly regarded telecom visionary”, inducted by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the "Knowledge Nation 100" for his contributions to the national innovation agenda.

The former CTO of Extreme Networks, Ericsson North America and Nortel Networks denies allegations of misrepresentation however, as outlined in a statement to CRN, and following the allegations, Telstra issued a short statement which only confirmed Nandlall’s departure.

“Vish Nandlall has left Telstra after serving as the company’s Chief Technology Officer for the past 21 months,” Telstra stated.

“Vish launched the Gurrowa innovation co-creation lab in Melbourne, led Telstra Big Data and Machine Learning research and development, developed an Internet of Things incubator to develop medium term consumer solutions and established our joint venture with Pivotal Labs.”

With rumours gathering that Telstra will scrap the CTO role altogether, industry attention now turns to Stephen Elop, two months on from his appointment in the newly created role as Telstra’s group executive of technology, innovation and strategy.

Nonetheless, Nandlall’s departure comes at a time of great challenge for Telstra, with the telco facing industry backlash following a string of outages this year.

Last week, an outage left around 370,000 Australian customers without internet access as a result of a faulty software update and despite a formal apology and $25 credit compensation for the outage, customers took to social media to criticise the telco.

The recent outage follows the commitment of an additional $50 million to implement recommendations into the company’s much troubled network.

As revealed by Chief Operations Officer Kate McKenzie in early May, the review had identified three key outcomes with a number of recommendations now being implemented.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Telstra

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
James Henderson
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?