Vocus Board Of Directors
David Spence Chairman
Mr Spence is well known in the Internet and communications industry both in Australia and New Zealand. He has been involved in over 20 Internet businesses, as Chairman, CEO, director, shareholder or advisor.
Until February 2010, Mr Spence held the role of CEO at Unwired Ltd. Since joining Unwired in January of 2004, Mr Spence grew the company from a handful of employees to one of the world’s largest portable wireless broadband carriers, servicing in excess of 70,000 customers in the greater Sydney and Melbourne areas.
In late 2008 the company was sold to Seven Network Limited. From 1995 until 2000, Mr Spence held various positions with OzEmail, including Managing Director and CEO. Mr Spence grew the business to become Australia’s second largest ISP.Mr Spence is a past Chairman of the board of the Internet Industry Association. Mr Spence has a Commerce degree and is a chartered accountant graduating from Natal and Cape Town Universities of South Africa.
James Spenceley CEO
James Spenceley has been involved with the Internet and Telecommunications industry for more than 12 years. During this time James designed and deployed the COMindico (later to be known as Soul) network – at the time regarded as the single largest and converged voice and data network in Australia. Additionally, James was responsible for connecting the first independent wholesale IP network to the Southern Cross Cable System and launching the company’s wholesale transit product.
He has also been a regular and popular speaker at industry events here and in the Asia Pacific region. James is also an elected member of the APNIC Executive Council, a founding director of AusNOG and for many years has successfully sourced and deployed switches to non-profit Internet exchanges around the world.
Mark de Kock Executive Director
Mark de Kock has over 20 years experience in IT&T including Optus, Vodafone, Access Devices, HP (Tandem/Compaq) and Andersen Consulting. His role at Vocus involves defining and executing the growth strategy of the company, having recently completed Vocus’ IPO process.
Mark has a B.Sc (First class honours) in Electrical Engineering from University College London, as well as attending the AGSM (execMBA) and the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications.
Mark’s appointment coincides with Vocus’ rapid growth where his experience will guide Vocus through an extremely busy time ensuring customers continue to receive the same levels of service that they have come to expect.
Jon Brett Independent Director
Mr Brett has extensive experience in the areas of management, operations, finance and corporate advisory. Mr Brett’s experience includes several years as managing director of a number of publicly listed companies and was also formerly the non executive deputy president of the NRMA.
Mr Brett is currently on the board of several unlisted companies and is a director of Investec Wentworth Private Equity (IWPE). Mr Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Accounting, Masters Degree in Commerce and is also a Chartered Accountant (SA).
Nick McNaugton Director (Independent)
With an extensive background in IT Investments and as a business mentor for multiple IT companies, Nick McNaughton brings an element of strategic maturity and experience to Vocus.
In 2007, with backing from Japan, Mr McNaughton established Blue Cove Ventures, a Venture Capital company committed to supporting gifted entrepreneurs in building prosperous technology companies. During his career Nick has been an integral member of the start-up teams of globally successful software companies including Allaire (listed on NASDAQ in 1998 and sold to Macromedia in 2001); Soulmates Technology (sold to NASDAQ:IACI in 2002) and Wily Technology (sold to NYSE: Computer Associates in 2006).
Mr McNaughton holds an MBA from the International Graduate School of Business at the University of South Australia. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chairman of Capital Angels and founding member of Sydney Angels.
John Murphy (Non-Executive)
Mr Murphy is the Managing Director of Investec Wentworth Private Equity (IWPE) – a private equity investment company, and a director of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited. He has extensive experience in the areas of corporate recovery, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to establishing the IWPE Funds, Mr Murphy spent 26 years with an international accounting firm where he held national and regional responsibilities.
Mr Murphy holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Commerce and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.