Former Telstra CEO David Thodey has been appointed as chair of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) board for the next five years.
Thodey will join the board in November. He finished up officially with Telstra in May, after announcing his retirement at the company in February.
During his time with Telstra, Thodey was responsible for spending close to six years of transforming the incumbent telecommunications company. He rose to the CEO position after serving as the group managing director for Telstra Enterprise and Government, and before that as group managing director of Telstra Mobile.
Minister of Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said appointing Thodey to the position marks the government's commitment to putting science at the centre of the industry policy.
"Thodey is an innovative Australian businessman and an experienced board chairman and senior executive who offers expertise in management, corporate, and government relations, information and communications technology, and sales and marketing," he said.
"Mr Thodey's experience in building business networks will be valuable to CSIRO as it implements its new 2020 strategy."
Before joining Telstra, Thodey had a 22-year career with IBM, working in senior marketing and sales positions, including as CEO of IBM Australia and New Zealand.