David Burns

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 Executive, Telstra Enterprise and served as Group Executive, Telstra Global Business Services Group. Prior to this role, David was responsible for Telstra’s International Business for the last 18 months, based in Singapore as well as the NAS (Network & Application Services) business since joining the company. David remains a board member of Telstra’s Joint Ventures in Asia, namely PBS in China, and telkomtelstra in Indonesia. 

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, having also lived in Tokyo and New York. 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.