Dennis is a highly accomplished and experienced executive with leadership roles at a number of large international firms. Most recently Dennis was the Chief Executive Officer of Advisian a global advisory firm. Prior to joining Advisian, Dennis was the Global Vice Chairman and Global Human Capital Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) International based in New York. Prior to that, Dennis served as Chief Executive and Chairman to a number of businesses and has extensive experience playing key leadership roles in major multinational companies, including later being Chief Executive of his own consulting business. As a respected global leader and “thought leader” particularly in Human Capital, Dennis has worked directly for numerous Boards and CEOs, and is a sought-after speaker by many international clients.
Jon is the Founder & Managing Partner of Acadian Software, an investment firm focused on capital-efficient SaaS businesses. Prior to founding Acadian in January 2016, Jon spent 10 years as an investor and General Partner with two venture capital firms, Accomplice and Flybridge. Prior to joining the Flybridge in 2005, Jon served as Director of Product Marketing at OATSystems, an RFID software company, where he led the company’s product positioning and marketing activities. Jon joined the company following a successful Entrepreneur-in-Residence position at Greylock, where he developed the investment opportunity in OATSystems. Jon holds a BA in Philosophy from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jamie has held investment and advisory roles with Macquarie Capital, Citigroup and Ord Minnett Corporate Finance where he has advised many of Australia’s leading online companies including Seek, Carsales, Wotif.com and RP Data. He spent three years working at Publishing and Broadcasting Limited during a transformational period which saw PBL emerge into a leading digital media and gaming company. In 2010, Jamie established his own firm, CMB Capital, to pursue opportunities he saw emerging in mobility and e-commerce and has in a short period built a market leading portfolio of digital and technology investments including Dimmi, Serviceseeking, Mixify, Site Tour, Parcel Point, Vmob and BangTango to name a few. He continues to act as a financial and strategic advisor to many blue chip Australian corporates and international companies looking to expand into Australia.
Andrew brings over twenty years’ experience in executive and non-executive roles focused on tourism, digital marketing and e-commerce. His prior roles include Managing Director, Tourism Australia, CEO, South Australian Tourism Commission, and CEO, Life Media and Events for Fairfax Media. Andrew is currently the Chairman of the South Australian Government’s Adelaide Riverbank Authority and the listed, award-winning tourism and travel company, SeaLink Travel Group. He is also a Director of the e-commerce focused Lux Group and Founder and Executive Chairman of We Connect China, which assists companies to navigate the Chinese social media environment. Andrew, who is based in Sydney, holds an MA, International Communications from City University (GB) and a BA, Arts from the University of Melbourne.
Tony is the Chairman of Optimum Equity. He has a distinguished career in financial and professional services, with over 35 years of business and strategic leadership experience, in Australia and internationally. Most recently, Tony was Chief Executive of MinterEllison and prior to that Managing Director of the fast-growing and innovative global investment bank, Moelis & Company. Prior to that, he was Global Managing Partner, Strategy & Transformation at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and was a member of the PwC Global Executive Leadership Team. From 2000 to 2008, Tony was Australian Senior Partner and Chief Executive, coming into the position not long after the merger of Price Waterhouse with Coopers & Lybrand. In 2011, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his charitable work.
Dave serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Convoke Systems. He provides overall leadership for Convoke’s business, strategy, and growth, and has enjoyed a distinguished career building successful businesses in various industries spanning more than thirty years. Prior to joining Convoke, Dave was the President and CEO of Eka Systems, a leading supplier of wireless, smart grid networking solutions. Prior to that he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Washington Redskins, which was rated the world’s most valuable sports franchise from 2003 to 2006. Previously, Jon served as Chief Accounting Officer for Snyder Communications, an international marketing and advertising firm, which during his tenure completed a successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, and grew $1.2B in revenue before being sold to the Havas in 2000 for over $2 billion.
Acadian Software invests in capital-efficient software businesses. In a world where great software products are increasingly targeting specific vertical markets, Acadian Software focuses on Founder-owned businesses that have figured out how to grow rapidly without raising tons of equity. Based in Boston, Acadian Software is a permanent holding company and is able to hold investments for an indefinite period, allowing for greater alignment with entrepreneurs over the long term.
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