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John Quirk

Chairman
John Quirk

SMX Chairman John Quirk brings with him an extensive and impressive track record with 25 years involvement in the IT industry. He is a Director of Howard & Co - a strategic investment and management company. John has previously held prestigious positions internationally - he was the Asia Pacific CEO of the UK owned IT and management consulting company, Mi Services Group and CEO of the PC reseller and network company Southmark Computers where he led its successful merger into Fujitsu. Before joining Southmark, while a Regional Manager at Wang New Zealand, John Quirk was instrumental in a strategic plan that took Wang New Zealand from a proprietary hardware company to successful systems integration and services company. John spent his early career in Digital Equipment Corporation where he rose to New Zealand Software Services Manager and then Auckland General Manager.

Jesse Ball

Co-Founder and Director
Jesse Ball

Jesse Ball has led SMX from startup in 2006, through 50 percent year-on-year growth, to its current position as a cloud services technology leader with over 1,000 customers and more than two million users across New Zealand, Australia, India and Japan. Ball co-founded SMX with his friend and colleague Thom Hooker, SMX’s Chief Technology Officer. Leveraging their experience in developing secure mail platforms for Telecom Xtra in New Zealand and Telstra Australia they conceptualized SMX as a novel, hosted anti-spam and anti-virus solution designed to scale to service the largest global ISPs. Jesse acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge working for companies including Air New Zealand, EDS, IBM and Openwave.

Thom Hooker

Co-Founder and Director
Thom Hooker

Co-founder of SMX and a Director on the Board, Thom Hooker was previously also the Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the architecture of SMX’s cloud-based email security solution, as well as the hands-on management of product development and customer support. Prior to founding SMX with Jesse Ball, Thom acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge working for companies including Telecom Xtra, Cable & Wireless, NTL, IBM, EDS, and Air New Zealand. Thom lead a development team to design the customised SMX email security solution, built from the ground up as a SaaS platform into which new capabilities and applications could easily be slotted. With his involvement in architecting large-scale state-of-the-art IT systems, Thom's experience enables SMX to maintain its position as a leader in the messaging and data services market.

Dennis Row

Director
Dennis Row

Dennis joined the SMX board with a wealth of international industry experience; he has a proven track record in early stage technology companies and now assists in the strategic and operational direction of SMX. Dennis has held several high level positions but most notable was his tenure as CEO and co-founder of Rebis Inc. He grew the company from start-up in 1984 to become the worldwide leader in plant design applications for AutoCAD. Dennis received a BE and ME from the University of Canterbury in civil engineering and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978. Dennis represents Endeavour Capital, a cornerstone investor in SMX Limited.

Rod Snodgrass

Director
Rod Snodgrass

Rod Snodgrass joined the SMX Board in April 2017. He is an experienced director and is a current and past member of numerous Boards both in New Zealand and globally.

Rod has extensive experience in corporate strategy, business and product innovation, digital growth, transformation and disruption in the New Zealand communications and media sector. He demonstrates a proven track record in building and executing corporate, market, business and product shaping and building strategies in the telco, media, internet and digital sectors.

Rod is currently Chief Customer Officer at Vector, a Founder and Director of strategic advisory consultancy The Exponential Agency, a Director of JUCY Group, SMX and start-up Genoapay, a Trustee of Springboard Trust and a member of AUT’s Auteur’s influencers panel. He was formerly CEO of Spark Ventures. Prior to this, Rod was Spark’s Chief Product Officer and before that Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Spark Executive team for almost 10 years.

Rod is an AUT Creative tech and Icehouse Flux Accelerator mentor and also a start-up investor.

Rod holds a BCA from Victoria University, and an Executive Management Diploma from Darden Business School. He is a ANZ Chartered Accountant, and is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

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