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iiNet appoints new chief technology officer

Close to seven months after the departure of long-time CTO John Lindsay, iiNet has appointed former Maxis COO Mark Dioguardi as his replacement.
Written by Josh Taylor, Contributor

Close to seven months since the departure of Internode and iiNet chief technology officer John Lindsay, Australia's third-largest telco iiNet has picked a replacement in the former chief operations officer for Malaysia telco Maxis, Mark Dioguardi.

Lindsay's surprise announcement that he would leave iiNet came in a blog post late last year. He had served as the CTO for iiNet since his former company Internode was bought out by iiNet at the end of 2011.

iiNet said at the time that chief information officer Matthew Toohey and chief business officer Greg Bader would split the CTO role, and the company had no replacement for Lindsay at the time.

As of the start of July, Dioguardi has stepped into the role of CTO at the ISP, with responsibility for strategy, planning, engineering, construction, and the operation of iiNet's network technology, iiNet confirmed to ZDNet.

iiNet CEO David Buckingham said that the CTO role was an important one for the company.

"This is an important appointment for iiNet and we're extremely pleased that someone with Mark's background across a wide array of technologies has joined our executive team," he said in a statement.

"He brings more than twenty years of telco experience and a wealth of knowledge from his senior roles across Australia, Europe and Asia. I look forward to working with Mark as we build and improve one of Australia’s most advanced broadband networks."

According to Dioguardi's LinkedIn profile, he has commenced working at iiNet in July, after close to five years at Malaysian telco Maxis Berhad, first as the company's CTO responsible for network operations, build and technology strategy, and then as joint chief operations officer, and ultimately responsible for technology strategy at the company.

Prior to Maxis, Dioguardi spent a decade in Telstra working as a mobile network engineer, mobile network design and development general manager, and 100Mbps broadband project director.

Following Dioguardi's appointment, Bader and Toohey will return to their original roles, iiNet confirmed.

iiNet's former CTO John Lindsay is taking on consultancy work under the name Lindsay Strategic Advisory.

Lindsay's leaving the company came shortly before the resignation of founder Michael Malone in March.

Since his departure Malone has sold off a number of his shares in the company he founded 20 years ago, now owning less than 5 percent of the company.

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