CIO Patrick Eltridge leaves Telstra

After nearly two years in the role, Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge has announced that he will be leaving the company to explore international opportunities.

Telstra has begun a global search to replace outgoing chief information officer Patrick Eltridge.

The telco giant said that Eltridge will be finishing up with the company on November 28, 2014.

"Patrick has recently informed us that he will be leaving to explore international opportunities," a Telstra spokesperson told ZDNet.

"We have begun a global search for the CIO role."

Eltridge joined Telstra in 2010, after then-CIO John McInerney resigned from the role. Eltridge has also previously worked as CIO for business and consumer banking at Westpac, and CIO at Seek.

When appointed to the the Telstra CIO role, Eltridge was responsible for helping roll out the company's transformation strategy that was aimed at improving customer service experiences and simplifying the company's complex operations.

At one point during his role , Eltridge said that having an agile business allows it to be a lot more flexible, and that it's important for the whole company, particularly IT, to understand the overall enterprise strategy.

As part of Telstra's operations restructure announced last year, Eltridge became responsible of IT solutions in the business.