Annual Report 2017

Director profiles


David Kirk

Independent chairman

David is the co-founder and managing partner of Bailador Investment Management, chairman of Kathmandu, a director of Forsyth Barr Limited, Bailador Technology Investments, and a range of Bailador investee companies. He is also chairman of Sydney Festival Limited.

David was the CEO of Fairfax Media from 2005 to 2008. In 2006 he successfully negotiated Fairfax’s purchase of Trade Me Limited from its founders, in what at the time was a very large and high-profile purchase. David’s association with Trade Me ended when he left Fairfax in 2008, but started afresh at the time of the company’s IPO in late 2011, when he was asked to chair the board.

Before his role at Fairfax, David was CEO of PMP Limited, regional president (Australasia) for Norke Skog, and held senior executive roles in Fletcher Challenge in New Zealand and Australia. He was chief policy advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1992 to 1994 and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in London from 1989 to 1991.

David holds a Medical Doctorate from the University of Otago, a Master of Arts (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from Oxford University and is a Rhodes Scholar.

He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Joanna Perry

Independent director

Joanna has extensive governance experience. She chairs the IFRS Advisory Council and is a director of Genesis Energy, Kiwi Property Group Limited, Partners Life and Regional Facilities Auckland. Until very recently Joanna was also a director of Sport and Recreation New Zealand and Rowing New Zealand.

Prior to focusing on her directorships, Joanna was a senior partner in the global audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG. She was a member of the Securities Commission, chaired the Financial Reporting Standards board and was a member of the Australian Accounting Standards board.

Joanna has a Master of Arts in Economics from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to accounting.

Joanna lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Paul McCarney

Independent director

Paul is a technology entrepreneur, investor and consultant.

He has many years’ experience in technology and digital marketing including co-founding search marketing agency Decide Interactive (acquired by NASDAQ- listed 24/7 Real Media in 2004), and founding digital marketing company Life Event Media (acquired by directory business Sensis in 2011). He is a co- founder and the CEO of Data Republic in Australia. Paul is also a director of BTBI TCo, which owns and operates B2B publisher Cirrus Media.

He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Katrina Johnson

Independent Director

Katrina has extensive experience in technology businesses, particularly in legal and regulatory matters for online marketplaces. She worked for 12 years in the United States and Australia for eBay and its subsidiaries, including three years as director of legal affairs and on the board of Australia. Prior to working at eBay, Katrina was a lawyer in private practice, advising start-ups as well as large technology and media businesses.

Katrina is Associate General Counsel and Head of Legal (APAC) for transportation company Uber.

Katrina has a BA, LLB (Hons) from Macquarie University and a graduate diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, New South Wales.

She lives in Sydney, Australia.

Simon West

Independent Director
Appointed December 2016

Simon has extensive experience in retail and technology businesses, and is currently the executive director of Max Fashions.

Simon has previously held CEO roles at clothing retailer EziBuy and the Australian ecommerce website, and is a director of Onceit, a fashion flash sale site.

He holds a Bachelor of Management Studies, majoring in strategic management, from the University of Waikato.

Simon lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Sam Morgan

Independent Director
Resigned December 2016

Sam was the founder and chief executive officer of Trade Me Limited until 2008. Sam is a director of Vend Limited and vWork Limited. He is an active software investor and co-founded Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco, which aims to help New Zealand companies succeed when expanding into the United States.

Sam is active in his charitable foundation, Jasmine Social Investments which funds a portfolio of high-impact social ventures in developing countries, providing critical services in health, education and livelihoods to the profoundly poor.

Sam lives in Nelson, New Zealand.