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 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

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.


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

Mr. Franklin is one of DroneShield’s co-founders. Mr. Franklin holds an MSc in Applied and Computational Math from John Hopkins University.

Previously, Mr. Franklin 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.


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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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Hedley Boyd-Moss, Vice President, Engineering

Mr Boyd-Moss has over 30 years of global RF and Electronic engineering experience from product design to RF system architecture and field integration in various roles held such as engineering, product and general manager.

A working knowledge of regulatory compliance standards and specialist knowledge in areas such as antenna and power design and manufacturing, anechoic chamber and open-air antenna test ranges, RF propagation studies, RF interference, RF communication modulation techniques adds to Hedley’s ability to drive our resources to not only meet aggressive product delivery deadlines but to innovate to meet ambitious technical objectives. Alongside this Hedley brings broad hands-on experience across control systems, analogue and digital two-way radio and cellular communication networks, system products and antenna engineering.


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Angus Bean, Vice President, Product Design

An experienced Industrial and Digital Designer, Angus Bean brings a wealth of knowledge in product design through to production management. Mr. Bean operates at the core of product development, merging the various fields of mechanical hardware, electronics, software, digital interface and technology. 

Mr. Bean joined DroneShield after his time as the Development Lead for Australia’s largest and most prominent industrial design consultancy. During this time, Mr. Bean would manage product development for Australian and international clients from early conception to mass production. Over his career, Mr Bean has adopted both a collaborative and leadership role on a number of projects which have attracted multiple Australian and International Design Awards. Mr. Bean holds a BDesign in Industrial Design (First Class Hon) from the University of Technology, Sydney.


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Albert Newell, General Counsel

Mr. Newell is an experienced legal and international compliance leader in the U.S. defence and IT sectors. Mr. Newell previously worked for DXC Technology as the Global Compliance Lead where he oversaw the Anti-Bribery, Global Trade and HIPAA compliance programs. In that role, Mr. Newell coordinated regulatory correspondence, licenses, disclosures and acted as the ITAR and FCPA subject matter expert for the DXC legal department. Mr. Newell was also involved in M&A due diligence, oversaw training development, wrote compliance policies and managed the policy approval process for the company globally.

Prior to his tenure at DXC, Mr. Newell spent six years at the prime defence contractor BAE Systems where he was a compliance officer specializing in export control and third party due diligence.

Mr. Newell holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; a Juris Doctor of Law degree from the Catholic University in Washington DC and is an active member of the Virginia State Bar.   


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Alistair McKeough, Company Secretary

Mr. McKeough is a solicitor and is Managing Director of Whittens & McKeough, a Sydney based law firm specialising in corporate and commercial law. Mr. McKeough is an experienced company secretary, having served in that role for numerous public companies.  

 

 
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