David Thodey is Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company, Telstra.
Born in Perth David studied at Victoria University in New Zealand – attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English. He also attended the Kellogg Post-Graduate School General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago.
A passionate technologist and advocate for corporate responsibility, David started out as a systems engineer at IBM before rising to become CEO of IBM Australia / New Zealand.
David then joined Telstra – serving as Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles and Telstra Enterprise and overseeing the mass take up of mobiles, the introduction of digital technologies, and the proliferation of IP and mobile broadband services.
Since becoming Telstra’s CEO in 2009, David has focussed on renewing customer service and satisfaction, leading the drive to introduce innovative technology and on enhancing Telstra’s reputation with all stakeholders.
David lives in Sydney.