Board of Directors
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Independent Director since February 2015 and Chair since January 2017
Graham has more than 25 years of finance experience in the software and SaaS industry. He was Chief Financial Officer at Salesforce from 2008 to 2014. He has held executive positions at Advent Software, Vitria Technology, Nuance Communications, and Oracle. Graham is chair of Splunk, and serves on the boards of directors at Slack and BlackLine. He recently served on the Citrix and MINDBODY boards. Graham also gets involved in his local community, as evidenced by his Board membership of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.
Nominations Committee (Chair)
Audit and Risk Management Committee
XERO FOUNDER / NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Director since July 2006
For more than a decade, Rod led Xero from humble beginnings with four employees working in a Wellington apartment to a global software business and S&P/ASX 100 company. Rod remains Xero’s largest shareholder. Rod started his career at Ernst & Young and went on to establish and lead a number of innovative technology businesses. Rod was an independent director on the NZX Board and the Trade Me Board. At the Deloitte Top 200 Awards in 2017, Rod was named Visionary Leader of the Year. He was named Ernst & Young New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, and is a member of the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame.
Independent Director since April 2014
Lee has extensive commercial experience across New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and the US. After moving to Australia in 2012 to lead NAB’s Group Regulatory function, in 2015 Lee became the Chief Executive Officer of UBank where she is accountable for the business’s strategy and performance. Lee believes creating a growth culture, centred on customers, is the true disruptor of companies, and she has led large distribution teams throughout her career leveraging this philosophy. Recognised for her collaboration abilities and experience blending technology innovation and financial services, Lee is also an executive director of NAB Ventures and a non-executive director of BLD Group Pty Ltd. Lee is involved in the community and enjoys mentoring individuals, especially in relation to the future of work.
Audit and Risk Management Committee (Chair)
Dale Murray CBE
Independent Director since April 2018
Dale is a technology entrepreneur and growth-company advisor. Dale co-founded mobile pioneer Omega Logic in 1999, which co-launched prepay top-ups in the UK. She led the growth of top-up transactions to £450m within five years, generating net revenue of £25 million. After selling the company in a trade sale, she turned to investing and advising start-ups and won the British Angel Investor of the Year award in 2011. Dale is currently a Europe Beachheads advisor for NZTE, a non-executive director at The Cranemere Group Ltd, and a board advisor to Seedrs. She was formerly a non- executive director and Trustee for the Peter Jones Foundation and a non-executive director at Sussex Place Ventures and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. She served on the Business Taskforce on EU Redtape for the British Prime Minister in 2013.
Audit and Risk Management Committee
Independent Director since February 2017
Susan is an experienced independent director on both ASX and NZX listed companies. She is currently an independent director of Trustpower, Vista Group, Property for Industry, and ASB Bank. Susan is a member of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal, was a past Ministerial Appointee to The National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women, and is a Board member of non-profit Global Women (NZ). Susan is founding co-chair and a shareholder in fast-growing health and wellness start-up company Organic Initiative Limited
Independent Director since February 2014
Bill has spent 25 years in the IT industry building teams, businesses and technology. He spent 20 years at Microsoft where he served in a variety of engineering and leadership capacities, including running the Windows business and managing Microsoft’s North American business. He was the Chief Operating Officer of HP and served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of HP’s US$27 billion Enterprise Group. He was the CEO and director at SurveyMonkey. Bill is currently the Executive Chairman of Turbonomic, a market leader of IT workload automation.
People and Remuneration Committee (Chair)
Director since May 2009
Craig co-founded Australian small business accounting software provider MYOB in 1991. Craig built MYOB to be a popular business tool and brand which, in 2004, merged with Solution 6 to become Australia’s largest IT company. Craig joined the Xero Board in 2009. He now spends the majority of his time working in the philanthropic sector.
People and Remuneration Committee
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Steve leads the global growth and performance of Xero. With more than 30 years’ experience in global technology and digital media, Steve has worked in leading international businesses including Apple, IBM and Microsoft. Steve led the growth of online media business Ninemsn from start-up to industry leader as the company’s CEO. Steve previously served on the boards of Telstra, David Jones and Medibank, and has an honours degree in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Anna leads Xero’s product teams, spearheading product management, development, design, and product marketing to bring more exciting Xero features to partners and small businesses. Anna has a wealth of experience in online financial services and operations. Before joining Xero as managing director for New Zealand in 2016, Anna led internet banking at ASB and the digital first strategy at Spark. Anna has a bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma in commerce from the University of Auckland.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Kirsty leads Xero’s global financial team, driving financial outcomes, actively managing the group’s financial performance, optimising the business’s balance sheet and communicating the group’s strategic and financial priorities to key stakeholders, including investors. She also has management of Xero’s global facilities team. Kirsty is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience in the finance and technology sectors both in private practice and commercial technology roles. Kirsty holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Management degree from Lincoln University.
CHIEF PLATFORM BUSINESS OFFICER
Keri leads a global team building innovative solutions that expand beyond Xero’s core accounting solution to areas such as payments, lending, and business insights. This work includes building Xero’s relationships with financial institutions around the world, supporting the ecosystem of 700+ third party apps that connect to Xero, and finding new ways to help developers and partners innovate with the rich data that flows through Xero. Keri also serves as the President of Xero Americas – helping to expand Xero’s businesses in North America. Prior to joining Xero, Keri was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Capital One’s Small Business banking division and held senior roles at General Electric Financial Assurance and Intuit.
CHIEF CUSTOMER, PEOPLE AND MARKETING OFFICER
Rachael is responsible for Xero’s customer success, people experience, marketing and communications functions globally. She has previously held positions in strategy, marketing, talent management and channel development across online and technology businesses. In her current capacity, she brings together her dual passions; delighting our customers and nurturing our people. Rachael believes that customer experience must resonate from the inside-out and advocates for positive engagement programs to effectively mobilise the business strategy at scale. She has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Marketing).
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Mark leads the platform, security, data and automation teams at Xero and is responsible for enabling Xero’s technology platform for growth and innovation. Before joining Xero, Mark was the chief technology officer for Microsoft New Zealand and the chief product and technology officer for Trade Me. Mark has a PhD and bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Canterbury.
CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER & COMPANY SECRETARY
Chaman leads Xero’s legal functions globally and has more than 20 years’ experience in legal operations, strategy, compliance, governance and risk management. She has previously worked as group general counsel and company secretary for Envato and Lonely Planet Publications. Chaman is dual-qualified in Australia and the US, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
CHIEF STRATEGY & CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Damien leads Xero’s global strategy and corporate development teams, and oversees Xero’s strategic planning activities through the Integration Management Office and the Project Manager Office. Prior to joining Xero, Damien spent 13 years at Deloitte in a number of senior executive roles. He holds an Australian Financial Services Licence (and its equivalent in Singapore), is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Business from RMIT University, Melbourne.
Executive Leadership – Regional Leaders
MANAGING DIRECTOR, NEW ZEALAND & PACIFIC ISLANDS
Craig is responsible for promoting the small business economy in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and Xero’s relationships with government, financial institutions, and enterprise. Craig joined Xero in the UK where he led the business into market in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. Prior to joining Xero, Craig played professional rugby in New Zealand, France, England and Wales.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIA & ASIA
Trent is responsible for driving Xero’s next phase of growth in Australia and Asia. After joining Xero as national sales director in 2013, Trent was appointed managing director in 2016. He began his career as a certified practising accountant and has more than 17 years’ experience growing and managing major accounting and IT businesses. Prior to joining Xero, Trent managed the Microsoft Business Group in Australia.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, UNITED KINGDOM & EMEA
Gary is responsible for leading Xero’s operations across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the UK’s accounting software industry, and before joining Xero, he was the product group director for Microsoft Dynamics. Gary is a board advisor to Enterprise Nation and, since 2005, he has sat on the IT Faculty Technical Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
PRESIDENT OF AMERICAS
Tony is responsible for expanding Xero’s businesses in the Americas. He has 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions with global technology companies, including Microsoft Australia, LinkedIn, Spark, SurveyMonkey and Dropbox. He’s also founded a successful cloud-based start up, Business365, aimed at small businesses. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.