BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Peter James, Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Mr. James has over 30 years’ experience in the Technology, Telecommunications and Media Industries, and has extensive experience as Chair, Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer across a range of publicly listed and private companies. He is currently Chair of ASX-listed companies Macquarie Telecom and nearmap.
Mr. James has recently completed 12 years as a Non-Executive Director for ASX-listed iiNet, Australia’s second largest DSL Internet Services Provider, chairing iiNet’s Strategy and Innovation Committee. iiNet was recently been acquired by TPG Telecom for AUD $1.56b.
He travels extensively reviewing innovation and consumer trends primarily in the US and also Asia and he is a successful investor in a number of Digital Media, e-commerce and Technology businesses in Australia and the US.
Mr. James is an experienced business leader with significant strategic and operational expertise. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Australian Computer Society and holds a BA Degree with Majors in Computer Science and Business.
Oleg Vornik, CEO and Managing Director
An experienced senior executive with investment banking and treasury experience at the Royal Bank of Canada, Leighton Contractors, Brookfield, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO.
Mr. Vornik was most recently an energy and industrials investment banker with the Sydney office of the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to RBC, he worked as an investment banker at Brookfield Asset Management, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO in Australia and New Zealand and held the position of a Treasurer at Leighton Contractors. Mr. Vornik holds a BSci (Mathematics) and BCom (Hons) from University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has completed a business program with Columbia University in New York.
Robert Clisdell, Non-Independent Executive Director
Mr. Clisdell is based in Sydney and is the Vice-President at Bergen Capital (Australia) Ltd, an affiliate of the Company's largest shareholder. Prior to Bergen, Mr. Clisdell led the middle market corporate advisory practice for Credit Suisse's Private Bank in Melbourne. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Clisdell was an M&A banker with Caliburn Partnership (now Greenhill & Co.) in Sydney, and worked in Equity Capital Markets at Ord Minnett Corporate Finance.
Mr Clisdell began his career with Arthur Anderson and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA.
Dr. Samantha Ravich, Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr. Samantha Ravich is the former Deputy National Security Advisor for Vice President Cheney and served in the White House for 5½ years where she was the Vice President’s representative on Asian and Middle East Affairs as well as on Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation. Dr. Ravich was an early angel investor in DroneShield.
Following her time at the White House, Dr. Ravich was the Republican Co-Chair of the Congressionally-mandated National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs in the United States Intelligence Community. Dr. Ravich is now the CEO of A2P, a social data analytics firm, as well as the Principal Investigator on the recently released monograph, “Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: An Evolving Challenge.” She also serves as an advisor to The Chertoff Group and Freedom Capital Investment Management. She received her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School and her MCP/BSE from the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School. Her book, “Marketization and Democracy: East Asian Experiences,” (Cambridge University Press) is used as a basic textbook in international economics, political science, and Asian studies college courses. Ravich is member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves as an advisor to the US Intelligence Community. Dr. Ravich is a frequent keynote speaker on international security, cyber, and the future of intelligence.