Australia: Optus' head of networks resigns after lengthy outage in Australia

Mar 12, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Optus' head of networks, Lambo Kanagaratnam, has resigned months after the Australian telco suffered a lengthy outage,  becoming the second high-profile name at the company to depart after CEO Kelly Bayer resigned in November.

The company's interim CEO Michael Ventor informed staff at the telco via an internal memo. It read: “After nearly nine years of service, Lambo Kanagaratnam has made the decision that the time is right for him to leave Optus. Lambo joined Optus in 2015 after an international career bringing a wealth of experience from working internationally in a number of countries around the world. Lambo has helped our teams navigate through some uniquely challenging major natural disasters ranging from cyclones, floods, and fires as well as responding to the complexities that Covid and the recent outage presented for our customers and network teams."

Ventor added in the memo that Jorge Fernandes, group chief technology officer at Optus' parent company Singtel, will temporarily step into the vacant role until a replacement is found.