Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of the Computing Technology Industry Association, a global IT certification body and trade group.
CompTIA is an organisation V3 follows closely to remain up to date with news regarding IT skills shortages and new IT certifications. Thibodeaux is responsible for leading strategy, development and growth efforts for the association.
Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). His last role with the CEA was as its senior vice president of industry relations.
Thibodeaux has a love for technology that dates back to his early years. As he took to the Hot Seat, he told V3 that he had built a colour TV by the age of 10. He's also clearly a hard worker, starting his first job at the age of 12.
Thibodeaux follows the likes of Trend Micro director Rik Ferguson and Raspberry Pi executive director Eben Upton in the Hot Seat as part of V3's weekly insight into what makes those in the IT industry tick.
V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?
Todd Thibodeaux: I'd be a major league baseball pitcher. I'd just love to be a pitcher. It's the best job in sport.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
The iPhone 4S and the iPad 3. I watch lots of video content from iTunes so the Apple products make sense.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
Samuel Palmisano from IBM. IBM is like a quiet assassin. They never have any corporate in-fighting. They just go quietly about their business and dominate.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
Internet access by far.
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