Krishnapillai to leave Optus

Summary:Optus director of corporate and government affairs Maha Krishnapillai has announced that he will leave the company at the end of November, citing family commitments as the reason behind his decision.

Optus director of corporate and government affairs Maha Krishnapillai has announced that he will leave the company at the end of November, citing family commitments as the reason behind his decision.

Maha Krishnapillai

Maha Krishnapillai (Credit: Optus)

Clare Gill, general manager of government and corporate affairs, confirmed Krishnapillai's departure this morning.

"While Maha advises leaving Optus was a difficult choice to make, he has decided to leave Optus at the end of this month due to family commitments," she said in a statement.

"I'm sure you will agree that Maha has been an accessible and valued spokesperson for the company. He has been an outstanding advocate for competition in the telecommunications market, not only in his leadership role at Optus, but in his previous careers. He has represented Optus at a time of major industry reform, and ensured that Optus' position as a champion for competition and consumers is not lost in the complexity of the debate."

Krishnapillai joined Optus three and a half years ago, after close to 11 years at Macquarie Telecom. He has been a high-profile player within the telecommunications industry, and has often appeared before committees and parliamentary hearings arguing for industry reform, particularly around the structural separation of Optus' biggest competitor: Telstra.

Krishnapillai will leave Optus for an undisclosed new role on 30 November. Gill will be assuming Krishnapillai's responsibilities until Optus has recruited a replacement.

Topics: Telcos, IT Employment, Optus

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