David Thodey Bio
David Thodey AO joined the Champions of Change Founding Group in 2010.
David Thodey is a global business leader focused on technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.
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 Square Peg 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. He has an honorary Doctorate of Science from Deakin University.
David Thodey is a Member of the Champions of Change Founding Group. The Founding Group was established in 2010 and comprises CEOs, Board Directors, Commonwealth Government Department Secretaries, University and Military leaders. Members of the Founding Group are committed to advance gender equality across their organisations and across the country. They focus on action in the areas of women’s representation in leadership, talent development, accountability and public advocacy.
David is also a Member the Champions of Change STEM Group which was established in 2016 with support from the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. The STEM group aim to achieve a significant and sustainable increase in the representation of women in leadership positions in STEM.