David Thodey

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David Thodey
David Thodey.jpg
Thodey in February 2012
Born David Ingle Thodey
(1954-05-14) 14 May 1954 (age 62)
Perth, Western Australia
Alma mater Victoria University of Wellington
Northwestern University
Occupation Chief Executive Officer
Employer Telstra
Term May 2009–April 2015
Predecessor Solomon Trujillo
Successor Andy Penn
Board member of CSIRO (Chair)

David Ingle Thodey AO (born 14 May 1954[1]) is an Australian businessman who was the former Chief Executive Officer of Telstra.[2]

Thodey was born in Perth, Western Australia.[3] He was educated at Nelson College in New Zealand from 1967 to 1971[4] and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University of Wellington. Thodey attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate general management program at Northwestern University in Chicago.[1]

Thodey held several senior executive positions in marketing and sales within IBM[5] Australia/New Zealand and across IBM Asia Pacific, including holding the position of managing director for Australia between 1999 and 2000.[6]

Thodey joined Telstra in April 2001 as Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles. He was appointed to the position of Group Managing Director Telstra Enterprise and Government in December 2002 and was responsible for the company's corporate, government and large business customers in Australia, TelstraClear in New Zealand and Telstra's International sales division. He became Chief Executive Officer of Telstra on 19 May 2009, following the departure of American Sol Trujillo from the office. Thodey retired from his position at Telstra in April 2015.

Thodey was appointed Chair of the CSIRO Board, with effect from November 2015.[7] In 2017 Thodey was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to business, notably to the telecommunications and information technology sectors, to the promotion of ethical leadership and workplace diversity, and to basketball.[8]


  1. ^ a b Kruger, Colin (16 October 2010). "Dial T for Thodey". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Telstra wants fresh start". The Weekend Advertiser. 9 May 2009. p. 9. 
  3. ^ Sol's successor changes the ring tone - AustralianIT, 30 May 2009
  4. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  5. ^ "David Thodey". Australian Institute of Company Directors. Archived from the original on 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Telestra CEO: Who is David Thodey?". ZDNet. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Former Telstra chief executive Thodey appointed CSIRO chairman". Australian Financial Review. 6 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). Australia Day 2017 Honours List. Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 

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