Bateman and Kingsmill depart Telstra after roles restructured

Sarah Homewood
By Sarah Homewood | 22 March 2016

Less than a month after their roles were removed from the telco, Andy Bateman and Inese Kingsmill have departed Telstra.

AdNews revealed earlier this month that both Bateman's and Kingsmill's roles were removed in the second major marketing restructure instigated by the business's CMO Joe Pollard, with both top marketers considering whether to stay at the telco in other roles or depart.

As part of the restructure, Pollard created the executive director of retail marketing role to oversee the overall direction of the brand working with the other customer segment groups, with a search still currently underway to fill it.

Bateman held the role of director of segment marketing, and Kingsmill was consumer marketing lead.

It was previously announced that Andy McFarlane would take on the role of acting director of GES Australia Marketing - a move that at the time was understood to have been planned in.

At the time of the restructure Pollard said: "This is a move I know Andy Bateman has encouraged and supported as part of a planned transition for him in pursuit of broadening his career. I want to thank Andy for his contributions in guiding CMO in its evolution over the last few years, including leading all customer segments in his time and in particular for the last period across Business, GES and international marketing, as well as the Awards programme and the CIC.

“Andy and his team have managed a transformation of the segments at a dynamic and changing industry. I will also support Andy as he considers other internal opportunities over the coming weeks,” Pollard added.

Speaking of Kingsmill she said: “Inese has worked extremely hard in the last year leading the Consumer Marketing group and made a significant contribution to CMO over the last 5 years in guiding our brand to where it is today.”

A Telstra spokesperson confirmed the departures and had no further comment.

It is unclear where both are headed.

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