Annual Report 2018

Director profiles

Directors
  • David Kirk
    Age 57
    Independent; non-executive chairman
    Appointed October 2011
  • Joanna Perry
    Age 61
    Independent; non-executive director
    Appointed October 2011
  • Paul McCarney
    Age 50
    Independent; non-executive director
    Appointed November 2012
  • Katrina Johnson
    Age 42
    Independent; non-executive director
    Appointed June 2016
  • Simon West
    Age 44
    Independent; non-executive director
    Appointed December 2016

David Kirk

Age 57
Independent chairman
Non-executive
Appointed October 2011

David is the co-founder and managing partner of Bailador Investment Management, chairman of Kathmandu Holdings, and a director of Forsyth Barr Limited and a director of a range of Bailador’s 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, 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 Norske Skog, and held senior executive roles at 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 mostly in Sydney, Australia, but spends some time in rural Hawke’s Bay.

Joanna Perry

Age 61
Independent director
Non-executive
Appointed October 2011

Joanna has extensive governance experience. She chairs the IFRS Advisory Council and is a director of Genesis Energy, Partners Life, Regional Facilities Auckland and Oyster Property Group.

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

Age 50
Independent director
Non-executive
Appointed November 2012

Paul is the co-founder and CEO of Data Republic (www.datarepublic.com), a business focused on secure data collaboration. He is also co-founder of the data for social good charity, Minerva Collective.

Paul was one of the founders of search marketing agency Decide Interactive and digital marketing company Life Event Media (acquired by directory business Sensis in 2011).

He is a non-executive director of Cirrus Media, and was previously a non-executive director of iiNet.

Paul lives in Sydney, Australia.

Katrina Johnson

Age 42
Independent director
Non-executive 
Appointed June 2016

Katrina has considerable experience in technology businesses, particularly in legal and regulatory matters affecting 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 Gumtree.com 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 APAC Legal for technology company Uber.

Katrina has a BA, LLB (Honours) 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

Age 44
Independent director
Non-executive
Appointed December 2016

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

He has previously held CEO roles at clothing retailer EziBuy and the Australian ecommerce website DealsDirect.com.au, 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.