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David Thodey AO is a global business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications with more than thirty years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.

David is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (the national research organisation for Australia) and Tyro Payments, a Director of Ramsay Health Care, Vodafone Group and XERO.

David was the CEO and Executive Director of Telstra from 2009 until 2015 and previously CEO of IBM Aus/NZ from 1998 until 2001.

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He joined Telstra in April 2001 as Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles and in 2002 was appointed Group Managing Director Telstra Enterprise and Government. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s corporate, government and large business customers in Australia and internationally.

In August 2015 he was appointed Chair of the Board of CSIRO for a term of five years. He is also Chair of Jobs for NSW, an independent authority created in August 2015 to help deliver the NSW Government’s target to create 150,000 jobs in four years.

Before joining Telstra, David’s 22-year career at IBM comprised a number of senior marketing and sales positions including Chief Executive Officer of IBM Australia/New Zealand. He is an experienced board chairman and director.

In January 2013, David Thodey joined the Board of the GSM Association, the global body of carriers and related companies that supports the standardisation and deployment of mobile technology around the world. Former board memberships include co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the B20 leadership group, and Chairman of IBM ANZ, TelstraClear, Information Technology (IT) Skills Hub, Industry Groups and Basketball Australia.

He has extensive information and communications technology (ICT), digital business and data services experience. ICT and digital services are relevant to enabling all the Industry Growth Centres. He has over 20 years’ experience working in Asia is pertinent to both CSIRO and the Industry Growth Centres.

David Thodey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and has taken part in a number of Harvard Education programs and IBM Executive Education programs.

David received an honorary Doctorate in Science from Deakin University in 2016, honorary Doctorate in Technology from University of Technology in 2018, and was recognised for his services to business and ethical business leadership with an Order of Australia (AO) in January 2017. He has recently led a decadal review of the Australian Public Service for the Government (2019)

David Thodey is a compelling speaker with a wealth of business wisdom who is passionate about technology, customers and change. He is often asked to speak about authentic leadership, workplace equity, technology, digital transformation and corporate social responsibility.

David Thodey talks about:

  • Culture Change and Values Led Leadership
  • Customer Service, Customer Advocacy
  • Digital Transformation and Business Disruption
  • Leadership in the Digital Age
  • Product Design / Design Thinking
  • Product Innovation and Innovation Itself
  • The Telstra Story
  • Technology Trends and Directions

David Thodey AO

Global Business Leader

Quick Contact

David Thodey AO

Global Business Leader

David Thodey AO is a global business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications with more than thirty years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.

David is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (the national research organisation for Australia) and Tyro Payments, a Director of Ramsay Health Care, Vodafone Group and XERO.

David was the CEO and Executive Director of Telstra from 2009 until 2015 and previously CEO of IBM Aus/NZ from 1998 until 2001.

More about David Thodey:

He joined Telstra in April 2001 as Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles and in 2002 was appointed Group Managing Director Telstra Enterprise and Government. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s corporate, government and large business customers in Australia and internationally.

In August 2015 he was appointed Chair of the Board of CSIRO for a term of five years. He is also Chair of Jobs for NSW, an independent authority created in August 2015 to help deliver the NSW Government’s target to create 150,000 jobs in four years.

Before joining Telstra, David’s 22-year career at IBM comprised a number of senior marketing and sales positions including Chief Executive Officer of IBM Australia/New Zealand. He is an experienced board chairman and director.

In January 2013, David Thodey joined the Board of the GSM Association, the global body of carriers and related companies that supports the standardisation and deployment of mobile technology around the world. Former board memberships include co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the B20 leadership group, and Chairman of IBM ANZ, TelstraClear, Information Technology (IT) Skills Hub, Industry Groups and Basketball Australia.

He has extensive information and communications technology (ICT), digital business and data services experience. ICT and digital services are relevant to enabling all the Industry Growth Centres. He has over 20 years’ experience working in Asia is pertinent to both CSIRO and the Industry Growth Centres.

David Thodey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and has taken part in a number of Harvard Education programs and IBM Executive Education programs.

David received an honorary Doctorate in Science from Deakin University in 2016, honorary Doctorate in Technology from University of Technology in 2018, and was recognised for his services to business and ethical business leadership with an Order of Australia (AO) in January 2017. He has recently led a decadal review of the Australian Public Service for the Government (2019)

David Thodey is a compelling speaker with a wealth of business wisdom who is passionate about technology, customers and change. He is often asked to speak about authentic leadership, workplace equity, technology, digital transformation and corporate social responsibility.

David Thodey talks about:

  • Culture Change and Values Led Leadership
  • Customer Service, Customer Advocacy
  • Digital Transformation and Business Disruption
  • Leadership in the Digital Age
  • Product Design / Design Thinking
  • Product Innovation and Innovation Itself
  • The Telstra Story
  • Technology Trends and Directions
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