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David Thodey AO

Managing Director, IBM Australia, 1999-2000

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David Thodey AO is a global business leader focused on technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.

Mr Thodey held several senior executive positions in marketing and sales within IBM Australia/New Zealand and across IBM Asia Pacific, including serving as the Managing Director for IBM Australia/New Zealand between 1999 and 2000.

He is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Chairman of JobsNSW focused on job creation in NSW, and on the Advisory Boards of SquargePeg Capital and UHG. He also had a successful career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company.

Mr 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.

In 2017 Mr Thodey was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO0 for distinguished service to business, notably to the telecommunications and information technology sectors, to the promotion of ethical leadership and workplace diversity.