Telstra gets new CIO, again

Key IT transformer John McInerney promoted to chief information officer.

Telstra has announced a C-level restructure of its top IT decision makers that will see John McInerney promoted to chief information officer and Tom Lamming to the new role of senior vice president, transformation.

McInerney’s position takes effect immediately and is on a full-time basis.

According to a statement from the company, Lamming’s position will see him retain oversight of Telstra's IT transformation, which was announced in November 2005.

McInerney will report to Lamming, while Lamming will continue reporting to Greg Winn, Telstra's chief operations officer.

McInerney joined Telstra five years ago and had been executive director, information technology since mid-2007.

"John McInerney is an immensely capable executive who has been integrally involved throughout Telstra's transformation program. He has led many of the world-leading IT changes we have made at Telstra,” chief executive officer Sol Trujillo said.

McInerney began his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) before moving over to the Datum Group, a local IT consultancy and systems integrator, in which during his decade there headed up its business intelligence practice before becoming its CEO.

Telstra’s CIO position has been a hot seat of late. McInerney replaces Tom Lamming who only came on board early last year after the high profile signing of ex-Qantas CIO Fiona Balfour in February 2006 lasted only 10 months. Prior to Balfour the CIO was Vish Padmanabham who was appointed in April 2005.

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