John Lindsay, who had been with iiNet and Internode for a total of 13 years, announced in a blog post on 31 December that he would be leaving the company to pursue a career in consultancy, though he described his time with the ISP as a "career highlight."
"Selling Internode, building iiNet a global IP network with around 150 gigabits of lit submarine capacity, rolling out Australia's first live VDSL2 network in Canberra, buying Adam Internet, leading and managing over 150 highly talented and very geeky staff, growing the Wi-Fi network to over 1,000 access points, and being the CTO of a billion-dollar listed company," Lindsay said in the post, here, first reported by Delimiter.
Lindsay had been with Internode for 11 years and iiNet for two and a half.
"iiNet, Internode, and Adam's maniacal focus on customer service has paid off in customer loyalty, recommendations, and endless awards, and working with the customer service teams has been awesome.
"It's been a privilege to work with the iiNet exec team who are the best service provider management group in the business.
"On the flip side I'm almost double platinum with one airline and gold with two others. I'm not going to miss the travel nor the stress of being responsible for about half a billion dollars of costs every year."
As we reported earlier today http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/networking/62733-iinet-plans-massive-public-wi-fi-network iiNet is planning on building free wi-fi networks in all of Australia's capital cities, and will no doubt need a capable CTO to be able to do so successfully.
ZDNET quoted an iiNet spokesperson as saying while a replacement for Lindsay had not yet been found, the company's former chief technology officer and now chief business officer Greg Bader will share the responsibilities of the role with iiNet's chief information officer Matthew Toohey.