David Thodey is the new chair of the CSIRO

David Thodey. Photo: Getty Images

David Thodey, the recently retired CEO of Telstra, has been appointed the new chair of the board of the CSIRO for the next five years.

His appointment was announced by Ian Macfarlane, the federal minister for industry and science, who says Thodey will bring a wealth of industry acumen to Australia’s peak science body.

Thodey says he wants the CSIRO to be a catalyst for innovation across key industries and the wider community.

“We must make sure that Australia remains a global leader in the areas of science, research and industry innovation,” he says.

Thodey, the CEO of Telstra from May 2009 to April 2015, joins the board in November.

Telstra’s share price more than doubled during Thodey’s term at the helm.

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