NSW - David Thodey - B20 Infrastructure & Investment taskforce and CEO of Telstra
David Thodey is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Australia’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra.
Born in Perth, David studied at Victoria University in New Zealand where he attained 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 joined Telstra in 2001, serving as Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles where he oversaw the mass take up of mobiles. In 2002, David was appointed Group Managing Director of Telstra Enterprise and Government, with responsibility for the company's corporate, government and large business customers in Australia and internationally.
Since becoming Telstra’s CEO in 2009, David has focused on transforming the customer experience and building advocacy, driving value from Telstra’s core business, and building new growth opportunities, including Asia.
In January 2013, David joined the Board of the GSM Association, the global body made up of carriers and related companies that supports the standardisation and deployment of mobile technology around the world. He is also co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the Australian B20 leadership group – the business advisory forum of the G20.