David Thodey AO FAICD

Chair, Xero

David Thodey AO is a global business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications with more than forty (40) years of experience creating brand and shareholder value.


He is currently Chairman of Tyro, Australia’s only independent EFTPOS banking institution and Xero, a cloud-based accounting software provider for small and medium-sized businesses, and a non-executive Board director of Ramsay Health Care, a global hospital group. Until recently he was also Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (CSIRO), the national research organisation for Australia.

David received an honorary Doctorate in Science from Deakin University in 2016, honorary Doctorate in Technology from University of Technology in 2018, and was recognised for his services to business and ethical business leadership with an Order of Australia (AO) in January 2017. He has recently led a decadal review of the Australian Public Service for the Government (2019).

David now serves on a number of Boards and is also active in consulting, venture capital, public policy, and science, research and innovation while managing his own investment portfolio.

He is often asked to speak about authentic leadership, workplace equity, technology, digital transformation and corporate social responsibility.

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