CSC exec resigns over CBA IT bribery scandal

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CSC exec resigns over CBA IT bribery scandal
Eric Pulier

Two days before being let go.

The CSC executive at the centre of the Commonwealth Bank IT bribery scandal has resigned, two days before he was due to be let go for violating the company's code of ethics.

Eric Pulier is the founder of US firm ServiceMesh, and is alleged by NSW Police to have handed more than $2 million worth of bribes to two former executives of the Commonwealth Bank after securing a contract with the bank.

He was suspended last month for his alleged involvement in the scandal.

CSC today confirmed - as first reported by the Financial Review - that Pulier resigned from his position last Thursday.

A CSC spokesperson said Pulier had been notified in late March that his actions violated CSC's code of conduct as it relates to conflicts of interest and appearance of impropriety.

He was told then that these actions were grounds for termination, the spokesperson said.

"Under Mr Pulier’s retention agreement with CSC, he was allowed a 30-day period following the March 26 notice to cure these violation.

"It became apparent that these violations would not be cured by Mr Pulier and that his employment termination would occur on April 25, 2015.

"On April 23, 2015, without consulting CSC, Mr. Pulier submitted his resignation."

CSC said its investigation into the bribery allegations was continuining.

Prior to its acquisition by CSC in late 2013, ServiceMesh was awarded a lucrative contract with the Commonwealth Bank to build the foundation of the bank's core banking modernisation.

Part of CBA's $1 billion core platforms overhaul involved the construction of a large-scale private cloud architecture, which enabled IT to deliver everything as-a-service.

ServiceMesh's Agility orchestration platform was chosen as the bank's cloud management foundation to manage the full delivery life-cycle of cloud-based applications, from planning and development to testing, release and ongoing operation.

Former CBA head of IT service delivery Keith Hunter is alleged to have awarded the valuable deal to ServiceMesh without taking the work out to tender.

Former general manager of IT engineering Jon Waldron has also been charged over the affair by NSW Police.

Both have pleaded not guilty. 

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