Bankwest CIO Clasquin makes sudden exit

Bankwest CIO Clasquin makes sudden exit

Bankwest CIO Tony Clasquin has quit his position mid-way through a massive IT integration programme with new parent Commonwealth Bank.

The Australian bank has confirmed his departure, which was first signalled by Clasquin in a leaked internal e-mail to colleagues.

"I feel that I have been on the go for 30-odd years and would love the opportunity to have a break from corporate life," he writes.

Clasquin says he will leave at the end of the year and take a year's sabbatical in Perth "to focus on my hobbies and family - and even find new hobbies to spend my time on".

News of his departure comes just a week after ZDNet published a glowing profile of Clasquin in which he talked of his ambitions to move more of the bank's applications off the mainframe and into desktop-based cloud systems.

His departure comes one year into a complex three-year IT integration project with Commonwealth Bank, which acquired Bankwest from HBOS for $21 billion last year.

Prior to joining Bankwest in 2007, Clasquin was CIO of Commonwealth Bank's insurance and investment business.

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