CSC suspends ServiceMesh boss over CBA bribery scandal

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CSC suspends ServiceMesh boss over CBA bribery scandal
Eric Pulier

Eric Pulier under internal investigation.

Global IT service provider CSC has suspended the former boss of its ServiceMesh business Eric Pulier amidst the subsidiary's alleged involvement in the Commonwealth Bank bribery scandal.

ServiceMesh was revealed to be the technology supplier at the centre of bribery allegations that have seen two former IT executives at CBA charged.

Keith Hunter and Jon Waldron will both appear in court tomorrow charged by NSW Police with receiving $2.1 million in allegedly corrupt payments for favours to ServiceMesh.

The company - prior to its acquisition by CSC in late 2013 - 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.

Hunter is alleged to have awarded the valuable deal to ServiceMesh without taking the work out to tender.

Aside from CBA, ServiceMesh's other biggest client at the time was payments giant Visa - Hunter's former employer, where he last worked as its global head of operations.

At the time the allegations came to light, CSC said it was taking the matter very seriously and conducting its own investigations.

A spokesperson today confirmed former ServiceMesh CEO and CSC head of strategy for the company's emerging business group, Eric Pulier, had been suspended.

The spokesperson said Pulier would remain suspended while CSC conducted inquiries into him and a charity he is understood to have founded called ACE Foundation.

ACE Foundation is alleged to have made the payments into Hunter and Waldron's bank accounts.

Hunter will appear in a Sydney court tomorrow. Waldron will appear in court on May 1.

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