Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Joined SMX in 2013 | Founder of Connect Scotland & Global Connect | Self-starter | Entrepreneur | Growth focused | Serious about technology
Ian McDonald stepped into the CEO role at SMX in September 2013, bringing with him a strong history in technology start-ups and business development.
Ian moved from Scotland to New Zealand in 2004, where he was a founder of Connect Scotland and Global Connect. There he created and managed the Connect Investment Conference, one of Europe’s most successful venture capital investment conferences. Connect Scotland and Global Connect have been internationally influential in bringing together investors, technology start-ups and management expertise.
Recent experience and achievements in New Zealand include helping to grow online registry company Foster Moore into a world leader in registry applications. A range of corporate development consulting assignments have helped define, validate and execute market development strategies for New Zealand technology companies looking to grow in European, North American and Asian markets.