David Burns has three decades of experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, having held a variety of strategic roles with IBM across Australia, the Asia Pacific region, North America and the United Kingdom, before joining Telstra in 2012.
David is currently Group Managing Director (GMD) Global Services and International in GES, Telstra’s A$6 billion services and solutions business for enterprise and government customers. In this role he is responsible for designing, building and managing an integrated services capability for Telstra’s business, enterprise and government customers in Australia and around the world.
David is also responsible for leading Telstra’s Global Enterprise and Services business outside Australia, including 2,000 people in 20 countries and the largest submarine cable network and integrated data centre footprint in the Asia Pacific region.
Just prior to joining Telstra, David was General Manager, IBM Global Technology Services (GTS). Based in London, he was responsible for IBM’s IT services and outsourcing sales and delivery functions for the United Kingdom and Ireland. He has also held a number of industry facing roles at IBM covering the financial services, utilities and government sectors.
David began his career as a marketing representative at IBM in Adelaide. He holds a Bachelor of Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the South Australian Institute of Technology now the University of South Australia. He also a member of the Telstra Super board of directors.