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Board of Directors

Greg Cross | Independent Chairman

Greg is an experienced entrepreneur, CEO and Company Director with over 25 years of experience in the technology sector working in growth companies in international markets. Greg is Executive Chairman of PowerbyProxi, a wireless power company he co-founded in 2007, which is growing rapidly with major corporate clients in the Industrial Component and Consumer Electronics markets and offices in the United States. Greg has been on the board of SLI as an Independent Director since July 2003 and has been Chair since 2005. He is Vice Chair of the Meteorological Service of New Zealand and a director of Fronde a Cloud Systems Integration Company based in Wellington. Previous roles include Chairman of the IceHouse a technology incubator associated with the University of Auckland Business School, Chairman of NZTE Beachhead Advisory Board, CEO of Advantage Group Limited which was a listed NZX company and Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand.
    

Dr. Shaun Ryan | Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder // PhD, B Eng

Shaun has over 10 years’ experience in search technologies. As a co-founder of the Company, he was one of the developers of the company’s unique “Learning Search” site search technology. Shaun was also an original founder of GlobalBrain (in 1998), the search technology company which was bought by NBCi, in 2000. Shaun and his fellow founders formed SLI Systems, Inc and bought back the GlobalBrain technology. Prior to GlobalBrain, he worked as a contract software developer for a number of organisations, including the international health technology company Invacare. Shaun is a frequent speaker at conferences in the US, UK and Australia, and regularly posts insights on site search trends to the Company’s blog. His retail search by-lines have been published in Chief Marketer, Multichannel Merchant and other online magazines. Shaun has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Canterbury.
    

Steven Marder | Non-Executive Director // JD, BA

Silicon Valley-based Steven Marder has over 23 years’ executive, advisory, and investment experience in the global technology, media and communications sectors. Steven was an operating partner for private equity firm Avista Capital Partners and sat on the board of Avista portfolio companies WideOpenWest (WOW!) and InvestorPlace Media in addition to serving as Director/co-founder of Internet social search technology company Eurekster, Inc. Previously, he held corporate development and business development executive roles at major media companies EMI Music and Tribune Company (Compton’s NewMedia). He also co-founded and served as Managing Director, North America for multinational merchant bank Gramercy Venture Advisors, co-founded and served as Chairman/CEO of eMemberDirect, Inc. (formerly PetPlanet.com) and served as a Director for New Zealand based technology company GlobalBrain. A graduate of St. John’s School of Law, Columbia College/Columbia University and Horace Mann School, Steven is also an attorney and member of the State Bar of New York and California. As an SLI Director, Steven currently serves on the SLI Remuneration Committee.
    

Matthew Houtman | Non-Executive Director // MMS

Matthew is a co-founder and Managing Director of Pioneer Capital Partners, an investor in New Zealand businesses that are focussed on growth into large international markets. In addition to SLI Systems, Inc., he has portfolio responsibilities with Orion Health, Pukeko Pictures, Konnect and YikeBike. Before joining Pioneer Capital Partners, Matthew had a career in investment banking; most recently with UBS investment Bank, where he worked in the Auckland then London offices. Activities during this period included: mergers, acquisitions, trade sales, balance sheet recapitalisations, IPOs and debt funding (both bank and capital markets; and investment and sub-investment grade). In the Auckland office, general sector coverage included energy distribution, telecommunications services and general industrial. In the London office, Matthew was a member of the European TMT group and covered primarily telecommunications services companies. He had clients across Europe, in the Middle-East, in Japan and in Canada. Matthew has a Master of Management Studies with distinction from the University of Waikato. As an SLI Director, he serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.

Sarah Smith | Independent Director // BCom, CA, AFInstD

Sarah, a chartered accountant, has extensive business and governance experience in both the private and public sectors. She has held key financial and business development roles in a variety of businesses both in New York and New Zealand. As an independent director, Sarah has 18 years’ experience and currently holds positions as Chairman of Meteorological Services of New Zealand (MetService), Director Christchurch City Holdings, Director EcoCentral and is a Trustee for several charitable organisations. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is an Accredited Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Sarah is Chairperson of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Sam Knowles | Independent Director // MSc

Sam has held senior positions for major banks in both Australia and New Zealand and has extensive experience in strategy, marketing, organizational capability building, and private and public sector governance including over 10 years on boards of NZX listed companies. Sam is perhaps best known for his role in establishing Kiwibank and leading it from startup to a large successful business. Since leaving Kiwibank in 2010 Sam has taken on governance roles in growth businesses, primarily with a technology focus. His current roles include Chairman of Xero and a Director of Trustpower, both NZX listed companies, and Chairman of Partners Life, ON-Brand partners and Fingertapps and a Director of Magritek, and Rangatira.

Andy Lark | Independent Director

Andy Lark is an internationally renowned marketer with 25 years’ experience running multi-billion dollar e-commerce businesses and building highly successful online and marketing teams. Andy has served as Chief Marketing and Online Officer at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), where he revitalized the CBA brand and played a key role in establishing the bank’s digital and online leadership. Prior to this he was a Vice President & General Manager at Dell, where he was head of global marketing for the computer manufacturer’s $35B Enterprise and Public group. He has led marketing teams at LogLogic, Sun Microsystems and Nortel Networks, and is a former Senior Vice President and Partner at Fleishman-Hillard. Today he leads Group Lark, a consulting firm helping global brands develop technology, go-to-market, partnering and marketing strategies. His achievements have earned him recognition including the New Zealand Government’s prestigious Worldclass New Zealander Award. Andy is a native of Auckland, New Zealand and has received accolades for his contributions to New Zealand businesses.