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Telstra confirms exit of senior executive Vish Nandlall amid ‘false CV’ claim

Source – Sydney Morning Herald
Date – 28 May 2016

Telstra has confirmed the departure of its chief technology officer, Vish Nandlall, amid an allegation the senior executive’s resume contained false information.

A Telstra spokesman said Mr Nandlall, who describes himself online as a “telecom visionary”, had parted ways with the company after 21 months in his role.

But the spokesman said Telstra would not comment on a report in The Australian on Saturday, which claimed that Mr Nandlall had left the company “under a cloud” after he had “embellished his resume”, claiming to have an MBA from Harvard. The Australian also published claims that he had plagiarised presentation material.

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

Mr Nandlall, who joined Telstra after five years with Ericsson North America, told technology website CRN that he was returning to the US for “personal reasons”, and said his resume, which was publicly available online, was “verifiable”.

“The terms under which I am leaving Telstra are private,” he said.

“I am returning to North America for personal reasons. Regarding the reported allegations, my CV is available through LinkedIn and is verifiably accurate”.

Fairfax Media has been unable to reach Mr Nandlall for comment.

His blogs at Telstra Exchange were displaying an error message on Saturday morning.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Nandlall has been “responsible for Telstra’s technology vision and leads the company’s innovation strategy”.

His profile says that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inducted him this year into the “Knowledge Nation 100” for his contributions to the national innovation agenda.

The Telstra spokesman said Mr Nandlall had “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”.

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