Telstra appoints interim channel leader as Charlotte Schraa departs

Telstra appoints interim channel leader as Charlotte Schraa departs

Maria Tsiaplis appointed interim leader with search underway

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Telstra has appointed Maria Tsiaplis as interim global partner team leader following the departure of Charlotte Schraa to Vocus Group.

Schraa has assumed the role of head of product and marketing across the enterprise and government division of Vocus Group, effective 3 September.

Schraa has been with the telecommunications giant since 2010, taking on range of leadership roles before becoming the global head of partner management in October 2017.

Prior to this, Schraa took over as the head of specialist partner channel in 2016, a role that was vacated by Keith Masterton.

A Telstra spokesperson said Tsiaplis will lead the global partner team with the search for a replacement underway, with the company wanting to fill this role “as soon as possible.”

Tsiaplis has been with Telstra since 2014 and is currently the head of global channel development, leveraging more than 15 years experience in customer management, business development and sales leadership roles.

The channel change comes weeks after Telstra's group managing director of networks, Mike Wright, exited the business after 38 years.

As reported by ARN, the industry veteran will leave his post at the end of September, having joined the telecommunications giant as a graduate in 1980.

In leading Telstra’s networking engineering division, Wright was responsible for all aspects of fixed, wireless and media networks covering network planning, investment planning, design and construction.

Meanwhile, Telstra is also on the verge of cutting a further 110 jobs, should changes to enterprise sales and service teams go ahead.

As reported by sister publication Computerworld Australia, the telecommunications giant has issued proposed operating model changes which could also result in cuts to local and international contractors.

According to a Telstra spokesperson, the redundancies are “directly linked to our strategy to improve the way we service our customers and drive profitable growth”.

In June, Telstra revealed it will slash up to 8,000 jobs in the next three years as part of a strategic review titled ‘Telstra2022.’

At the time, the telco said this was a part of a new plan to simplify its operations and product set, aimed at improving customer experience and reducing costs.

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