Leadership

Board of Directors

Peter Russell

Executive Chairman

Peter has accumulated wide-ranging experience in business and agriculture over the last 40 years.  He is currently non-executive chairman, and interim CEO, of Snap Franchising Limited. Recently he was Chief Commercial Officer at Hydrix Ltd (ASX: HYD), a hi-tech engineering services company that develops medical and critical systems technology. Prior to that, he was Chief Marketing Officer for Sinefa Pty Ltd, a network technology company, which won the Best New Venture Competition for Harvard Business School for the Asia Pacific region. Peter was joint owner and executive of Rylands (retirement villages), Peppers (hotels), and a farming venture at Esperance in Western Australia. Peter studied business at Curtain, Monash, and Harvard Universities and graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mike McAuley

Director and Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Mike is responsible for defining and directing the company’s operations, including development of key partnerships. Mike has an impressive track record in bringing new technologies to market, having built Create!form International from the ground up and being instrumental in the transformation of the HiSoftware suite of solutions. In 2015, Mike teamed up with technology inventor Craig Glendenning to commercialise his latest invention in secure payment technology.

David Rose

Director

David Rose is founder and Managing Director of Exquisine Pty Ltd, a successful food manufacturing company specialising in supplying major National and International companies across Australia and New Zealand in both retail and foodservice.  He has also been an active investor across a range of successful businesses; sitting on company boards. David has been invested in Bluechain from the first capital raising and closely followed the company trajectory.  With a deep interest in psychology, business processes, and strategy, he plays a key role in assisting Bluechain and setting it up for future success.  David holds an MBA from Melbourne University as well as bachelor’s degrees in Arts from Monash University and Education from Murdoch University.

Joseph Lombardi

Director

For over twenty-five years Joseph has been intimately involved in growing a successful accounting and advisory practice as well as holding Board positions and leadership roles. This experience has provided Joseph with unique insight into the essential elements required for a successful business. Joseph has a Bachelor of Business, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

Senior Management Team

Nick Sorger

Chief Strategy Officer

Nick is responsible for setting the corporate strategic direction of Bluechain. Nick has a 25-year career in fintech product and consulting markets with global technology firms such as SunGard and Capco. Most recently Nick was providing advice, growth capital and M&A services to Asia Pacific technology firms seeking to expand into international markets. His primary focus is on emerging markets and global technology partnerships.

Uli Klink

Managing Director Australia & New Zealand

Over his 20 years in the payments industry, Uli has developed valuable insights into what it takes to successfully deliver new technologies and drive consumer uptake. During his time as Group Vice President and Managing Director of G&D Australasia, his team helped deliver Australia’s first mobile banking app in 1999, the Melbourne Myki transport ticketing system (the largest in the world by geography), ANZ’s first mobile-based NFC pilot, Australia’s first Paypass projects with the Commonwealth Bank, and roll-outs of several other leading-edge technologies. Uli is passionate about mobile payments and delivering a seamless, trustworthy and rewarding consumer experience.

Rod Bernabe

Vice President Research & Development and Customer Success

Rod has held senior roles at several international IT companies over the past 20 years. Before joining Bluechain, Rod led the Australian development team for Cryptzone’s (formerly HiSoftware) Sheriff web compliance and SharePoint security product range. As VP Product Development at Bluechain, Rod is responsible for the app and server development teams, market trials, and partner engagement.  Rod’s product management expertise is particularly valuable as Bluechain works to bring these products to market.

Chris Walker

Vice President Sales & Marketing

Chris is responsible for marketing, brand and internal and external communications at Bluechain. He has 20 years of frontline experience building go-to-market strategies with niche market technology companies. Chris’s ability to develop clear and simple messages on technical subjects is critical when entering new markets and for communicating effectively with prospective customers and partners.

Stephen Bedggood

Vice President Product Management

Stephen has been responsible for defining commercial strategies and consumer propositions to drive the convergence across banking and mobile for 14 years. His technical background and strong analytical, communication and leadership skills bridge the gap between technology and business teams. Stephen’s human-centred design approach helps align propositions with brand values enabling the delivery of great customer experiences.

Tim Annis

Sales Director UK & Europe

Tim Annis heads up our sales function in the UK and Europe. Before joining Bluechain, Tim worked for TradeShift, a US-based B2B supply chain finance technology company. Prior to that, Tim was a senior sales team leader with Amex in the B2B working capital space. During his tenure at both TradeShift and Amex, Tim was instrumental in developing and taking to market highly innovative payment and financing solutions.