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Leadership Lessons From David Thodey AO

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David Thodey shares his leadership lessons from his distinguished career

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UPDATE 20/4: Please note this event has now sold out. We will be sharing a livestream of this event via Youtube. Please register for the waitlist and you will be emailed a link to the livestream before the event.

David Thodey AO is one of the most influential business leaders in Australia, perhaps best known for the incredible customer-centric transformation during his leadership as the CEO of Telstra.

David is a passionate advocate of a new leadership paradigm that's essential if we are to succeed in this connected world. He believes that the future is not about charismatic leaders, it is about authentic leadership and transparent management.

The shift is already happening in many great companies - from hierarchical to thought based leadership; from rules based companies to values based companies; from compliance to trust and enablement. This is a fundamental change in the way we lead.

Please join us to listen to David share his leadership lessons accumulated over his distinguished career.

About David Thodey AO:

David Thodey is a business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications with more than 40 years of experience.

He is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); Tyro, Australia’s only independent EFTPOS banking institution; and Xero, a cloud-based accounting software provider for small and medium-sized businesses. Mr Thodey is also a non-executive Board director of Ramsay Health Care, a global hospital group.

Mr Thodey also is active in public policy and recently lead an Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (APS) in 2019. This review was commissioned by the Prime Minister to ensure that the APS is fit-for-purpose to serve Australian Governments and the Australian people into the future. In 2020 he chaired an eminent Panel appointed by the NSW Government to lead an independent review of Federal Financial Relations.

From March to December 2020, Mr Thodey was appointed Deputy Chair of the Federal Government’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCC) Advisory Board. During this time Mr Thodey and the Board supported the Prime Minister and Government to successfully navigate Australia through the extraordinary challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to his non-executive career, he had a successful career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company and prior to that, he was CEO of IBM Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Thodey was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology from Deakin University in 2016 and an Honorary Doctorate of Business from University of Technology Sydney in 2018.

In 2017, Mr Thodey was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for ethical business leadership.

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