Todd  Thibodeaux

Company: CompTIA

Job Title: CEO

Todd Thibodeaux

Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the ICT Industry Trade Association. He 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), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations.

Thibodeaux is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, Thibodeaux's love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master’s degree in economics, 1997).

Recent articles by Todd Thibodeaux

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Three Things I Wish I Could Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

No one enters the IT field with all of the hard skills they will need for their career, but it’s also the “soft skills” – the interpersonal knowledge – that make the biggest difference.

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How To Get The Most From Industry Events

With the intense focus on competitors and the bottom line, it is often difficult for IT professionals to keep track of constantly-evolving technologies and trends. Those who want to stay at the top of their game must take it upon themselves to stay current. Conferences, seminars and trade shows are valuable sources of insight, and everyone — even IT veterans — should understand how to make the most of their time (and registration fees) at industry events.

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Listen Up Grads: 3 Tips To Becoming The Ideal IT Candidate

Graduation season is upon us, and many students have begun sending out resumes in hopes of finding an internship, a job, and possibly a career in the IT sector. New graduates trying to get a foot in the door need to sell potential employers on both their technical and non-technical qualifications, and tailor their capabilities to hiring managers’ specific needs. Here are three tips for the latest crop of IT job seekers.

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Move Over Millennials — How To Get Your Workplace Ready For Gen Z Employees

Many businesses are still grappling with the challenges of creating Millennial friendly work environments, but their successors are already close at hand. A deeper reliance on mobile technology and an emphasis on career advancement sets Gen Z workers apart from their Millennial predecessors — nuances that smart IT employers will recognize and plan for.

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The Truth About Certifications

The popular wisdom has long held that a four-year degree is the only gateway into the IT field. However, this is less true today than ever before. IT certifications also represent a viable path to success in the industry, and they are becoming more valued. CompTIA’s recent study “HR Perceptions of IT Training and Certification,” found that two thirds of HR executives believe certifications are valuable, compared to less than one third (30 percent) three years ago.

To avoid an exodus of dissatisfied Millennials IT firms should invest in training their leaders at middle management and executive levels while soliciting feedback from their subordinates

Should I Stay or Should I Go? How to Get Millennials to Stick Around

The millennial workforce is notorious for its flighty reputation, and there’s plenty of research to back that notion. High turnover rates among younger workers are not inevitable, however, and IT firms shouldn’t resign themselves to coping with millennial flight risk. By adapting their hiring and retention strategies to reflect the values of Gen Y workers, IT employers can build environments that Millennials won’t be so quick to leave.

A new study found that less than one third of businesses enlisting thirdparty IT support claim to be satisfied with their providers

When Small Businesses Break Up With Their IT Firms

A CompTIA study revealed that less than one third of business enlisting third-party IT support claim to be satisfied with their providers. What does this mean for channel partners? Many businesses aren’t getting the support they need.

A new study shows that 70 percent of Black and Hispanic teens from lower to middleincome families express at interest in an IT career

Connecting With Minority Teens To Close The IT Diversity Gap

Last year, many high profile IT companies made efforts to become more transparent about diversity within their ranks. The findings were unfortunately predictable: the technology sector has a diversity problem. Thankfully, the IT industry has an opportunity to address existing gender, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities among staff.

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Rebuilding Employee Trust After Disaster Strikes

In the aftermath of an attack, the focus is rightly on the customer — to safeguard their information and reinforce their trust, so that views of the brand aren’t shattered. But what about company employees?

Three Myths About Millennials, Busted

Before even stepping foot in the workplace, there was speculation about Millennials and their work habits — often translated as being less motivated and having unreasonable expectations. Contrasted with Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, a prevailing attitude was that millennial workers would be lazy and unmotivated when beginning their professional careers, tearing away at years of progress in the professional world. Yet, as Millennials have gracefully stepped into leadership roles across industries, they’ve put many of the myths about their work habits to rest.

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Frequent Feedback Is A Must For The Millennial Generation

One way to effectively manage millennials in the workplace is to provide them constant feedback. They want to know how well they’re performing, and how they can improve their skills. Give them constructive feedback.

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Can Windows 10 Restore Enterprise Faith In Microsoft?

Creating a unified operating system with Windows 8 seemed brilliant from a development perspective. But Microsoft’s inability to implement that vision led to less-than-enthusiastic adoption rates among enterprise customers (and contributed to the now notorious “Windows Pattern”). Microsoft has demonstrated a commitment to incorporating many enterprise-oriented features.

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3 Enterprise Takeaways From CES

CES has more to offer the enterprise than one may think. The latest and lightest in wearables, smartphones and ultra-compact laptops are bound to find their way into workplaces.

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3 Skills IT Professionals Need in 2015

There are always more skills for IT workers to master, but cross-industry trends will put a new premium on security, mobile applications and analytical expertise with big data in the coming year. Why should IT admins pay attention to these skills in 2015? Here are the details.

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