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Simpl founder/owner resigns, takes NZICT chair


Replacement announced.

NBR staff
Fri, 29 Jul 2011

Simpl Group founder Bennett Medary has resigned.

The IT services company has appointed a replacement, Verdon Kelliher, who will start October 1.

Mr Medary - who owns 71% of the privately-held Simpl Group - will remain with the company as executive chair.

It was time for fresh leadership, Mr Medary said in a statement. Since August last year, he has been chair of NZICT, an industry lobby group that represents around 100 local and multinational tech companies.

Simple Group recently signed a multi-million dollar contract to provide a shared care platform for health and community services in the UK, together with the e-pharmacy platforms in Australia and New Zealand - and similar new projects in the FMCG market - are some recent initiatives exemplifying the company’s new direction.

Mr Kelliher comes to Simpl from software services company Optimation, where he is credited with having led significant business improvement. He was also with Logical Networks when it was acquired by IBM in 2004, staying with IBM for another five years to lead its global technology services business. While at Logical he created a start-up business which went on to become New Zealand’s largest data cabling company.

As executive chairman, Bennett will remain active with the company, primarily establishing new partnerships and joint venture opportunities in New Zealand and overseas. He will also continue his role on the board of NZICT, promoting and supporting technology-enabled advances for NZ Inc.

Mr Medary formed Simpl Group in 1992.

NBR staff
Fri, 29 Jul 2011
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