Ideas boss lat­est to exit Tel­stra

The Weekend Australian - - BUSINESS - CLIONA O’DOWD

Rocky Scopel­liti has left Tel­stra af­ter 11 years as global in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tive for fi­nan­cial ser­vices.

The telco has not pro­vided de­tails of Mr Scopel­liti’s depar­ture but a spokesman told The Week­end Aus­tralian he left the com­pany last month.

“I can con­firm that he is no longer with us,” the spokesman said. “I be­lieve it was a mu­tual de­ci­sion.”

The spokesman could not con­firm if Tel­stra planned to name a re­place­ment to fill Mr Scopel­liti’s po­si­tion.

Mr Scopel­liti joined Tel­stra in 2006 as its in­dus­try thought leader and was re­spon­si­ble for its global growth strat­egy in dig­i­tal fi­nan­cial tech­nol­ogy ser­vices.

Dur­ing his time there, he au­thored sev­eral thought lead­er­ship re­ports on bank­ing, in­sur­ance and wealth man­age­ment. His most re­cent re­search pro­vided in­sight into how mil­len­ni­als are driv­ing growth in new dig­i­tally led fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

Be­fore join­ing Tel­stra, Mr Scopel­liti worked at Com­mon­wealth Bank, where he was gen­eral man­ager of mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and strate­gic mar­ket­ing for re­tail bank­ing. He joined CBA in 2002.

Mr Scopel­liti is the lat­est in a string of high-pro­file de­par­tures at Tel­stra. New busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive Cyn­thia Whe­lan re­signed last month to join Scen­tre, the owner of West­field malls.

The telco was forced to reshuf­fle its ranks in Septem­ber when it lost the head of its re­tail busi­ness, Kevin Rus­sell.

The former Op­tus ex­ec­u­tive was in the role for just 18 months. He was re­placed by Vicki Brady.

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