David I Thodey
David Thodey became Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director in May 2009.
David joined Telstra in April 2001 as Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles and in December 2002 was appointed as Group Managing Director Telstra Enterprise and Government. In this role, David was responsible for the company's corporate, government and large business customers in Australia and internationally.
Before joining Telstra, David was Chief Executive Officer of IBM Australia/New Zealand and previously held several senior executive positions in marketing and sales with IBM across Asia Pacific. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University in New Zealand and attended the Kellogg Post-Graduate School General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago.
In January 2013, David joined the Board of the GSM Association (GSMA), the global body made up of carriers and related companies that supports the standardisation and deployment of mobile technology around the world. In February 2015 he was appointed as GSMA’s Chairman of the Public Policy Committee.
In November 2014, he was elected as the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council Asia Pacific Vice Chairman, a key advisory group to the Mayor of Shanghai.
In February 2015, David was appointed as a co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce for B20 Turkey. The B20 is a forum through which the private sector produces policy recommendations for the annual meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) leaders.
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Group Executive Telstra Retail
Gordon was appointed to the role of Group Executive to lead the newly formed Telstra Retail, in October 2013. Gordon is responsible for Telstra's retail business including Telstra Consumer, Telstra Business, Products, the Chief Marketing Office, Telstra's National Broadband Network product, sales and marketing, and the Telstra e-Health division.
Gordon joined Telstra as the Group Managing Director for the Consumer business in June 2010, moving into the role of Chief Customer Officer across all of Telstra's customer segments of consumer, business, enterprise and government in July 2012.
Gordon's previous roles have included Vice President, Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the United Kingdom and Ireland; Sales and Service Director and a member of the executive board of T-Mobile in the UK; Founder and Director of Dell.com in Europe; and Founder of Dell Ventures Europe, the strategic investment arm of Dell Corporation. Gordon was also a member of Dell's European Executive Management team.
Gordon holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Vice Chairman, CSL Ltd
Gordon was appointed Deputy/Vice Chairman and Director in CSL New World Mobility Limited, New World PCS Holdings Limited, Hong Kong CSL Limited and CSL Limited, on 15 April 2010.
Andrew Penn FCCA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer, Group Executive International
Andrew Penn is Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive, International.
He is responsible for Telstra’s financial support, strategy development, corporate policy functions and the operational aspects of Telstra’s International business. They include strategy, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, internal audit, risk management, tax, corporate planning, reporting and analysis and investor relations.
In addition, Finance & Strategy is responsible for the financial management of the majority of Telstra's fixed assets, including network assets.
Group Executive, Global Enterprise and Services
Brendon Riley was appointed to the role of Group Executive, Global Enterprise and Services. In this role, Brendon is responsible for a new $5 billion revenue business unit operating as a global scale, industry-based services and solutions business.
Brendon Riley joined Telstra in 2011 as Chief Operations Officer, having left his role with IBM as General Manager of Northeast Europe.
Prior to this role Brendon served as Chief Executive of IBM in the UK and Ireland, IBM’s third largest country based unit. Previously he was a member of IBM’s Corporate Strategy team, which design and launched IBM’s Growth Market Unit and served as General Manager for Central/Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS, Middle East, Africa, Austria and Switzerland.
Brendon was also Chief Executive and Managing Director of Global Services Australia. Prior to this he was based in Japan for over five years where he was part of the team that launched, scaled and matured the IBM Global Services business across the Asian region.
Brendon holds a Bachelor of Business in Information Processing from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University).
Carmel Mulhern BA, LLB, LLM, FCIS
Group General Counsel
Carmel Mulhern is Telstra's Group General Counsel. Carmel is responsible for providing legal advice to Telstra's Board, CEO and senior management. Carmel manages one of Australia’s largest in-house legal teams, with lawyers in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, London and New York.
Prior to this, Carmel was the Telstra Company Secretary reporting to the Board and responsible for continuous disclosure compliance, corporate governance and communication to Telstra’s 1.4 million shareholders.
Carmel joined Telstra in July 2000 as Corporate Counsel and soon became General Counsel within the Finance and Administration business unit. Carmel played a key role in the T2 and T3 transactions, Telstra's first share buyback and, more recently, the NBN transaction.
Prior to joining Telstra Carmel was a senior associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Melbourne. Carmel has also held the position of associate to Justice Mary Gaudron of the High Court of Australia and associate to Justice Philip Cummins of the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has lectured at Monash University on director’s duties and advanced corporations law and is the author of two legal text books.
Carmel holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and a Master of Laws from Monash University.
Carmel is a member of Telstra's Ethics Committee, a member of the St James Ethics Advisory Council and a Director of Justice Connects (formerly PILCH VIC).
Damien Coleman B. Ec, LLB (Hons), FGIA, FCIS
Damien Coleman was appointed Company Secretary of Telstra Corporation Limited effective 1 January 2012. Damien reports to the Board and his responsibilities include continuous disclosure compliance, corporate governance and communication with Telstra’s 1.4 million shareholders.
Damien joined Telstra in 1998 and has served in senior legal roles across the company including Sensis, Mergers & Acquisitions, Telstra Operations and, most recently, as General Counsel, Finance and Administration, Office of the Company Secretary and NBN. In that role he was responsible for Telstra’s continuous disclosure compliance, all legal aspects of the Annual Report preparation and Annual General Meeting, as well as annual financial results announcements.
Damien also played a key role in the negotiation of the Definitive Agreements for Telstra’s participation in the rollout of the National Broadband Network. Before joining Telstra, he was a senior lawyer at a leading Australian law firm.
Damien serves on the Victorian State Council of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Damien holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University.
Kate McKenzie BA, LLB
Chief Operations Officer
Kate McKenzie was appointed Chief Operations Officer in October 2013. This role is responsible for Telstra Operations, Chief Technology Office and innovation portfolios to better integrate technology development and implementation.
Prior to her current role, Kate was Group Managing Director, Telstra Innovation, Products and Marketing from March 2010. In this role, Kate oversaw product, promotion and pricing across Telstra, including the major product units – Mobile Products, Fixed Voice and Broadband, Network Applications and Services, Data and IP as well as the NBN team and the Chief Technology Office.
Kate has overseen the rollout of Telstra's new brand identity, has been at the forefront of the turnaround in Telstra's mobile business, and has led the company's transition to the NBN by creating truly differentiated products and services in a highly competitive market.
Kate has previously been Group Managing Director of Strategic Marketing, a position she was appointed to in March 2009, and before that, she was Group Managing Director of the Telstra Wholesale business unit, a position she held for just over three years.
Kate joined Telstra in August 2004 as head of Telstra's regulatory group. Within a year she was promoted to the role of Deputy Group Managing Director for Public Policy and Communications. Before joining Telstra, Kate was Director-General of the Department of Commerce in New South Wales and she previously held a range of senior executive roles in government departments and offices.
Kate is a Director of FOXTEL and Allianz Australia and she has been a Director of Sydney Water and the Rail Corporation of New South Wales.
Kate holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Sydney.
Group Executive, Telstra Media
Rick Ellis joined Telstra in January 2012 to lead the newly created Telstra Media Group, which combines the Digital Media & IPTV (DM&I), Sensis and Telstra Television divisions. Telstra Media Group's brands and services including AFL.com.au, NRL.com, MOG, BigPond Movies, Sportsfan, the T-Media portal, T-Box and Foxtel by Telstra, White Pages, Yellow Pages and Whereis.
Rick was formerly Chief Executive Officer of TVNZ, New Zealand's leading broadcast television and digital media company, a position he held for 10 years.
Rick began his career in the IT industry in Brisbane in the late 1970s, and over the following 20 years, held a number of senior leadership positions in the industry in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Ansett New Zealand in 1995 and subsequently moved to Melbourne as General Manager Sales and Marketing for Ansett Airlines of Australia.
From 2002-2006, Rick was Vice President and Managing Director of EDS New Zealand.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University and is married with three adult children.
Robert Nason BBS
Group Executive, Business Support and Improvement
Robert Nason joined Telstra in February 2010. He is the Group Executive of Business Support and Improvement.
Robert joined Telstra from Tabcorp where he was Managing Director, Wagering responsible for Tabcorp's race wagering and media businesses, including Sky Channel and Sydney radio station 2KY. He joined Tabcorp in June 2006 after holding the position of Chief Executive of Racing Victoria for more than two years.
Prior to this, Robert spent nearly two decades in telecommunications or related industries. This included holding the positions of Vice President & General Manager of Global Industries with Electronic Data Systems Corporation in the U.S. and Executive Vice President at AT Kearney.
Robert has also held senior leadership positions at Coopers & Lybrand and KPMG where his area of speciality was Communications, Media and Entertainment both in Australia and overseas.
In March 2012 Robert became a member of the Foxtel Board of Directors and in May 2012 was named Chairman.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Business Studies.
Stuart Lee BE (Elec), BComm
Group Executive, Telstra Wholesale
Stuart has led Telstra Wholesale since July 2011. He brings to the role a wealth of experience in the telecommunications industry, including engineering, operations and products.
Stuart has over 40 years' experience with Telstra and its predecessor organisations after starting as a cadet engineer. An executive since 1987, and first appointed Managing Director in 1996, Stuart has held a variety of executive and senior roles across products, engineering, billing, marketing, IT, international, procurement, and operations. At one time or another he has led all of Telstra’s product portfolios, and worked across consumer, business and enterprise segments.
Stuart is a Telstra nominee director on the joint venture boards of Reach (based in Hong Kong), and 1300Australia, and has served on other local and international boards.
Stuart holds Bachelor degrees in Engineering (Electrical) and Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He was named one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and received the CommsDay and Communications Alliance ‘Australian Communications Ambassador’ Award in 2014. Stuart was named National Customer Experience Executive of the Year at the 2014 Australian Service Excellence Awards.
Timothy Y Chen
Telstra International President
Timothy Y. (Tim) Chen was appointed to his current position in November 2012. He holds offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. Tim is an internationally recognised technology executive with a track record of success in major global firms in China and the United States. A member of Telstra's leadership team, Tim reports to Telstra Corporation CEO, David Thodey. Born and raised in Taiwan, Tim is the first Chinese person to hold a CEO leadership team position at Telstra. Tim joined Telstra as a member of the Board of Directors in April 2012, having been identified for his technology, strategic and business experience working with private and public sector organisations in China over 20 years.
Tim was previously a Beijing-based partner with international private equity firm GL Capital Group. Before this he held senior executive roles for international firms including Microsoft, Motorola and AT&T Bell Laboratories. He was CEO for National Basketball Association China from 2007 to 2010, including management of all television and digital media partnerships; Corporate Vice President of Microsoft and regional CEO from 2003 to 2007; Corporate Vice President for Motorola and Chairman and President of Motorola (China) Electronics from 2001 to 2003 and CEO of Hong Kong listed company 21CN Cybernet from 2000 to 2001.
Prior to 2000, Tim spent eight years in China with Motorola, including serving as general manager responsible for sales and marketing for the Greater China Cellular Infrastructure Division. Tim also spent nine years at AT&T Bell Laboratories in the United States. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and Masters degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics from Ohio State University.
Tony Warren BComms, BA(Hons) PHD
Group Executive, Corporate Affairs
Dr Tony Warren is Group Executive of Corporate Affairs at Telstra. He is responsible for Regulatory Affairs, Government Relations, Engagement,External and Internal Communications, and Sustainability. The group has accountability for managing Telstra's external environment and corporate reputation. Dr Warren is also responsible for leading Telstra's renegotiations with the National Broadband Network (NBN). He is based in Canberra.
Dr Warren was previously Executive Director of NBN Engagement for Telstra. Working with a dedicated team of experts from across the company, Dr Warren led the negotiations on behalf of Telstra that culminated in an AUD11 billion deal to secure Telstra's participation in the Australian Government's National Broadband Network. From September 2005 to June 2010, Dr Warren was Executive Director Regulatory Affairs for Telstra. In this role, he had primary responsibility for managing Telstra's regulatory issues and public policy positioning.
Prior to joining Telstra in 2002, Dr Warren was a Director of the Network Economics Consulting Group (NECG). He joined NECG in 1997 and helped build it into Australia's premier regulatory economics consulting firm, working closely with companies such as Telstra on all economic aspects of regulation, competition policy, trade practices, intellectual property and related issues. During his time at NECG, Dr Warren spent four months on secondment at the Oxford Economic Research Associates in the United Kingdom working on a series of projects.
Before joining NECG, Dr Warren was a post-doctoral fellow in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University, where he led a team of researchers developing methodologies for quantifying barriers to trade and investment in services. This project, which built upon Dr Warren's PhD dissertation on “The Political Economy of Services Trade and Investment”, allowed, for the first time, the systematic modelling of the economic effects of services liberalisation, including telecommunications.
Group Executive, Human Resources
Tracey Gavegan joined Telstra as a human resources executive in April 2006, advising the company's Enterprise & Government and Operations business units.
Tracey was appointed to lead the Human Resources team in July 2011. Tracey and her team have led a significant cultural realignment and assist the business in transforming to a more agile and customer-centric orientation. The HR function encompasses Health, Safety and Wellbeing, HR Systems, Organisational Development, Recruitment, Remuneration and Rewards, Talent and Workplace Relations.
Before joining Telstra, Tracey was the Director of Human Resources for the wine and spirits business, Maxxium, working across Australia and Asia. Prior to this, Tracey held several lead human resources roles across a variety of business sectors from pharmaceuticals to consumer goods in blue chip organisations.
Throughout her career, Tracey has focused on change-management roles in large-scale, complex and multi-country environments.