Trujillo quits Telstra early

The era of Sol Trujillo is officially over. The CEO whose main legacy has been building the Next G mobile network has quit the company earlier than the June 30 departure date that had been previously announced.

Telstra sent an unexpected announcement today announcing David Thodey had taken up the role of CEO early after Sol Trujillo went home to the US early.

“Mr Trujillo had agreed to stay at Telstra until 30 June but the appointment of an internal candidate as the new CEO meant a smooth and swift transition was possible” the company announcement said.

Thodey was previously Group Managing Director of Telstra Enterprise and Government and has pledged to rebuild relations with government business and wholesale customers after the Trujillo/Winn/Burgess era left these in tatters.

Telstra said details of Thodey’s pay and conditions would be released “when finalised”.