The computer industry has lost one of its good guys with the death last week of senior Microsoft New Zealand executive Chris Thodey, say colleagues and customers.
Fifty-two-year-old Thodey had been in the industry for 25 years, the last eight at Microsoft, where he was in charge of the company’s enterprise business.
"Many people within our company as well as our industry have benefitted from his guidance, wisdom and personal warmth,” said Microsoft New Zealand head Geoff Lawrie in a statement.
Phil Sheehan of ISP Xtra, who worked with Thodey at Microsoft until four years ago, says he was “one of the world’s nice guys; a humble, well-respected guy”.
Thodey had also worked at IBM in a variety of roles, including a stint as Auckland branch manager. Peter Idoine, a former colleague, says Thodey “believed in doing what was right rather than what was expedient”.
Another former IBM colleague, Brian Christensen of Unisys, describes Thodey as “the eternal gentleman” who would never cause upset.
The head of systems integrator gen-i and former Air New Zealand IT manager, Garth Biggs, worked with Thodey as both a customer and partner.
“I’ve known him and interacted with him since IBM days,” says Biggs, who remembers Thodey for his integrity. “If he told you something you could take it at face value.”
Microsoft has opened condolence books at its Auckland and Wellington offices and messages can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.