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 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
Mr. Vornik is an experienced senior executive with investment banking and treasury experience at the Royal Bank of Canada, Leighton Contractors, Brookfield, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO.
Prior to becoming the CEO of DroneShield, Mr. Vornik was its Chief Financial Officer. His previous experience includes energy and industrials investment banking with the Sydney office of the Royal Bank of Canada as well as investment banking roles with Brookfield Asset Management, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO in Australia and New Zealand and the position of a Treasurer at Leighton Contractors. Mr. Vornik holds a BSc (Mathematics) and BCom (Hons) from University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has completed a business program with Columbia University in New York.
After co-leading the Company in the role of the Chief Financial Officer for over a year, Mr. Vornik was appointed as the CEO and Managing Director of DroneShield on 24 January 2017.
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.
Bradley Buswell, Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Buswell has extensive experience leading businesses and U.S. government agencies in the defense and homeland security domains. He was president of the North Americas division of Rapiscan Systems, Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of Morpho Detection, Inc., both world leaders in state of the art security screening products, services and solutions.
He also served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as the first Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Technology where he led the development of technologies in support of DHS operating components. He was the acting Undersecretary during the first year of the Obama administration. He also served over 20 years as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy in a variety of assignments at sea and ashore.
Mr. Buswell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering, and the George Washington University with a Master of Business Administration.