KEY STAFF

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 financier with investment banking and treasury experience at the Royal Bank of Canada, Leighton Contractors, Brookfield, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO.

 

Mr. Vornik was the Chief Financial Officer of DroneShield prior to the CEO and MD appointment. Prior to DroneShield, he was an investment banker with the Sydney office of the Royal Bank of Canada, and held roles with Brookfield Asset Management, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO in Australia and New Zealand as well as 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.


Claire Newey, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

An experienced Chartered Accountant with 12 years of international financial reporting, management and advisory experience, across public and private companies spanning various industries.
 
Prior to joining DroneShield, Ms. Newey was Group Finance Manager with GrainCorp (ASX 100).  She has previously worked at Deloitte (Sydney and London) as a Director and with global chemical group Adama, as Chief Financial Officer for Switzerland and European Financial Controller.


John Franklin, Chief Scientist

DroneShield’s unique intellectual property was originally developed by John M. Franklin and Dr. Brian P. Hearing. Mr. Franklin holds an M.Sc. in Applied and Computational Math from Johns Hopkins University. 

Previously, he was a member of the research staff at the Air and Missile Defense Sector at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Adjunct Research Associate (Science and Technology Division) at the Institute for Defense Analyses. 


Simon Woodward, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Woodward previously held a number of high profile technical and engineering roles in communications and banking industries in Australia and Europe.  He was also the founder of several businesses including Wholesale Communications Group, which rapidly become the largest non-retail telecommunications provider in Australia before being acquired by ASX-listed M2 Group Limited (ASX:MTU).  Simon’s previous projects included leading the architecture and implementation of a nation-wide telecommunication network across the challenging landscape of the Solomon Islands, and development and support of large scale transactional processing engines handling billions of records a day.  Simon has studied Material Engineering, Physics, IT and Computer Science at the University of Wollongong.  Simon is certified in PRINCE2 project management.


Joshua Desmond, Vice President of Sales

Mr. Desmond brings over 15 years of experience in business management, sales, and operations. He is a proven sales leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Mr. Desmond has extensive experience working with law enforcement and government agencies, at the local, state, and federal levels.

Mr. Desmond’s career began as a federal law enforcement officer. After a short time, he transitioned into a role within the intelligence community where he spent most his career as a targeting officer, serving TDY’s in two different warzones. While continuing his work within the intelligence community, Mr. Desmond started a professional services company providing intelligence gathering, analytical, and targeting services to a variety of companies & organizations. After his time in the intelligence community, Mr. Desmond then worked for an organization where he was responsible for development and growth of the Public Safety vertical for over half of the United States. Most recently Mr. Desmond was the Director of Sales for a company providing innovative software and SaaS fleet management solutions serving the transportation sector.

Throughout his career, Mr. Desmond has shown the ability to work with both public and private organizations of all sizes while utilizing his skills in relationship building, collaborative sales efforts, networking, and leadership.

Mr. Desmond holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and sits on the Advisory Board for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.


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Casey Betzold, Vice President of Sales

Mr. Betzold brings over 15 years of experience in US and International business development and sales. He has extensive experience working with all major market segments world-wide specific to the defense and outdoor industries to include government and law enforcement agencies, commercial, and OEM markets.

His career began as an officer in the United States Air Force where he attended pilot training and operated as an Acquisitions and Program Management Officer working with large prime defense contractors on programs including the Minuteman III Propulsion and GPS Metric Tracking programs.

After separating the Air Force as a Captain, he spent time with well known members of the defense and outdoor industry to include working in business development and sales for ATK and later Beretta.

Most recently, Mr. Betzold was CEO of Snake River Shooting Products and Consulting Inc, a manufacturing and distribution company in the outdoor industry focused in the areas of ammunition, components, and accessories


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Anand Sundaraj, Company Secretary

Mr. Sundaraj is a Principal and Solicitor Director of Whittens & McKeough Lawyers and Consultants, with prior positions at law firms Allen & Overy, King & Wood Mallesons and Herbert Smith Freehills as well as for global investment bank Credit Suisse. He is the company secretary of several ASX listed companies.

 

 
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