by Divina Paredes

Movers and shakers: Tina Sutton, Peter Ennis, Darryl Grauman and Vanessa Thompson

Aug 17, 20144 mins
CareersE-commerce ServicesGovernment IT

Tina Sutton is now chief information officer at the Ministry of Justice. Before this, she was with the Department of Internal Affairs as acting deputy chief executive information and knowledge services.

Peter Ennis is now director of strategic solutions at Avid Technology, which specialises in video and audio production. He had worked there in the 1990s as regional sales manager based in the United Kingdom, before taking on ICT leadership roles, the most recent of which were executive director, technology and broadcast at Al Jazeera and general manager technology at TVNZ. He is also a director at boutique consultancy Hahei Partners.

Darryl Grauman is now Asia Pacific Services and Cloud Solutions Director at Westcon. He will be based in Auckland and overseeing a regional APAC team. He was previously national manager –innovation and services for the global technology distributor.

Vanessa Thompson is now research director, enterprise social networks and collaborative technologies for IDC, based in San Francisco.

Gary Denman joins Brocade as senior director for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). He will be based in Sydney, Australia, and report to Adam Judd, Brocade vice president for Asia Pacific. He was most recently managing director for ANZ at Polycom.

Rainer Gombos joins virtual reality firm 8i as its executive creative director. Gombos is known for his work on Game of Thrones, for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects on season 2.

“I am thrilled to be joining 8i’s team of visionaries and expert technicians in developing what is clearly the future of content viewing. This technology is one of the biggest evolutionary steps in communication and storytelling since the invention of film,” says Gombos.

Next:, EROAD, MYOB, Finzsoft

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App La Carte is now known as puttiapps. CEO Aaron McDonald was formerly business development manager of Digital Ventures, a Telecom NZ (now Spark) business unit formed to focus on building new businesses to support digital platforms.

Transport and technology services company EROAD begins trading on the NZX Main Board following its IPO that raised $46 million through the sale of new and existing shares.

EROAD CEO Steven Newman says the company’s aim is to become international leader in the provision of road use charging and compliance services to the global heavy transport sector.

“Becoming a listed company was well-signalled as an important strategic step for us, given our services include the collection of road user charges, and weight-mile taxes, and helping customers comply with regulatory standards,” says Newman.

MYOB acquires HR and payroll solutions company PayGlobal, which offers HR and payroll systems accessed by over 500,000 employees from major companies in New Zealand and Australia. Established in 1991, PayGlobal’s head office is in Christchurch and has a similar footprint to MYOB with offices throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Auckland-based financial technology company Finzsoft acquires Sush Mobile, which has clients across the finance, agriculture, central and local government and retail sectors.

The two companies worked on Finzsoft’s Seal the Deal app and mobile banking apps that Finzsoft has sold into local building society and credit union clients, as well as St George Bank in Australia.

The acquisition comes just a month after Finzsoft announced the appointment of Hugh McKellar, formerly of Gen-i (now Spark Digital) as chief operations officer.

Finzsoft Managing Director, Andrew Holliday with Sheenu Chawla and Sulabh Sharma, who co-founded Sush Mobile in 2009.

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