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High profile internet industry CTO John Lindsay is moving from his role as chief technologist at Internode to running the CTO function at parent company iiNet.

The move is being viewed as part of the anticipated executive shifts following iiNet’s AUD$105 million acquisition of South Australian based broadband disrupter Internode at the start of the year.

Lindsay took to Facebook on Friday afternoon to announce the news: “I have a new job. I'm the new CTO of iiNet. I think it's the best technology job in Australia and I'm so fortunate to be working with the brilliant teams from iiNet, Internode and TransACT at this exciting and challenging point in the telco industry.”

The industry was quick to respond on Facebook with congratulations. Lindsay confirmed that the new uber CTO role would allow him to remain in Adelaide but he is yet to detail the size and scope of his team or if the technology functions across all the recently acquired businesses will be centralised within one new unit.

“Imagine having a technology that allows nearly instant communication with words, sounds and even images? Imagine having a virtually unlimited supply of such tools distributed across four countries and ten cities? The exact location of anyone at any point in time is often irrelevant and this role involves running a global network with sizeable teams in many places so it's feasible to be based pretty much anywhere near an Australian international airport with direct flights to mainland capitals and a fat internet connection,” Lindsay posted.

Meanwhile, it is understood that iiNet’s incumbent and long standing CEO Greg Bader will take on a newly created role of chief business officer.

The new position brings Lindsay full circle as he was originally an iiNet employee in Perth in 1999 assisting in the float of iiNet serving as Operations Manager, he then returned to work in Adelaide for Internode in 2000 as the Technology Operations Manager and has held various roles including GM of regulatory and corporate affairs until the end of 2011. ®

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