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Sli Systems Ltd (SLI.NZ)

SLI.NZ on New Zealand Stock Exchange

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gregory Cross

2005 Independent Chairman of the Board

Christopher Brennan

53 2015 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Wayne Munro

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Michael Grantham

Co-Founder, Chief Information Officer

Shaun Ryan

2015 Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer. Executive Director

Rodney Garrett

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Brubaker

2016 Chief Marketing Officer

Heather Kinghorn

2014 Vice President - Human Resources

Blair Cassidy

Vice President - Product Management

Gary Schaumburg

2016 Vice President - Customer Success

Martin Onofrio

2015 Chief Revenue Officer

Matthew Houtman

Non-Executive Director

Steven Marder

Non-Executive Director

Ian Knowles

Independent Director

Andrew Lark

45 2013 Independent Director

Sarah Smith

Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Gregory Cross

Mr. Gregory Evan Cross is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Greg is a director with over 25 years of experience in the technology sector working in growth companies in international markets. Greg is Chief Executive, Executive Director and Co- Founder of PowerbyProxi, a company which is growing rapidly in the Industrial Component and Consumer Electronics markets. Greg has been on the board of SLI as an Independent Director since July 2003 and has been Chair since 2005. Greg is currently the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School. 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.

Christopher Brennan

Mr. Christopher D. Brennan is Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of the Company. Mr Brennan brings to this position more than thirty years’ experience in technology management, senior leadership, and entrepreneurial roles. His diverse leadership background covers a broad variety of technology segments and runs from pre-IPO startups to multinational corporations with revenue in excess of one billion dollars. Mr Brennan is a former founder, CEO, and Chairman of SaaS security vendor NetAuthority; CEO of cloud services provider Contactual; and president and CEO of enterprise software vendor LogLogic. Mr Brennan presently sits on the board of MarketLive, an e-commerce merchandising solutions provider.

Wayne Munro

Dr. Wayne Alistair Munro, Ph.D. is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of the Company. Wayne leads SLI’s engineering team. He is responsible for the production and maintenance of the client searches as well as the development of the SLI products. Wayne is a co-founder of SLI and has developed some of SLI’s core algorithms as well as managing and developing the internal processes that have allowed the SLI engineering team to grow efficiently. Before joining the Company, he held senior technical positions with NBCi and GlobalBrain, specialising in software development and theoretical research. Wayne also worked as a research scientist for the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand. He has a PhD in engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he developed new numerical models for structural simulation. Wayne has also published papers in international journals.

Michael Grantham

Mr. Michael Arthur Grantham is Co-Founder, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Michael is responsible for SLI’s global technical infrastructure. As a co-founder of SLI, he has helped design and implement many of SLI’s products. Prior to SLI, he gained valuable experience in search and systems design at NBCi and GlobalBrain, where he was a lead developer and systems engineer. Michael has also held lead developer positions at Australia and New Zealand’s largest banks. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Canterbury.

Shaun Ryan

Dr. Shaun Ryan, Ph.D. B.Eng, is Co-Founder, Chief Innovation Officer. Executive Director of the Company. Shaun has more than 15 years experience in search technologies. As a co-founder of SLI, he was one of the developers of SLI’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 S.L.I. 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 and his brother, fellow SLI co-founder, Grant Ryan, were awarded 2014 NZ Engineering Entrepreneurs of the Year. Shaun has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Canterbury.

Rodney Garrett

Mr. Rodney Warrick Garrett is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Rod has over 20 years experience in finance and related roles. He worked for Pricewaterhouse in New Zealand and London mainly on Insolvency/Corporate Recovery assignments before moving into the commercial sector. Before joining SLI in 2006, he was CFO of Christchurch electronics developer and manufacturer Eaton Power Quality Ltd. Rod originally worked for New Zealand owned Swichtec which was acquired by British company Invensys and, ultimately, by the Eaton group. He has an honours degree in Accounting and Finance from Otago University.

Chris Brubaker

Mr. Chris Brubaker is Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. He focuses on driving excellence in worldwide marketing execution to aid the company’s ongoing revenue growth and operating income improvement. He brings more than fifteen years’ marketing and executive leadership experience to the position. Most recently he was Vice President of Marketing at SaaS restaurant management software company Upserve.

Heather Kinghorn

Ms. Heather Kinghorn is Vice President - Human Resources of the Company. Heather has over 25 years’ experience in building highly effective HR programmes in rapid-growth companies. She has been with SLI Systems since 2010 and leads the Company in its talent identification, organisational development, and strategic human resources planning. Prior to joining SLI, Heather spent more than 15 years in the consulting engineering industry, where she specialised in acquisitional growth, diversity management, and conflict resolution. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology and industrial sociology.

Blair Cassidy

Dr. Blair Cassidy, Ph.D. is Vice President - Product Management of the Company. Blair is responsible for product development and on-going product management. He has extensive experience leading high performance technical teams, focusing on the design, implementation and usage of highly scalable IT systems. Previously, he was VP of Engineering at Eurekster, the pioneering social search company. He spent several years at PA Consulting Group, an international management consultancy, living and working throughout Asia and the US. He also worked as the data engineer for the search product at NBCi. Blair has held research positions within New Zealand and Japanese institutions, and holds a PhD in Computational Modelling from Lincoln University.

Gary Schaumburg

Mr. Gary Schaumburg is Vice President - Customer Success of the Company. Based in the San Jose office, Schaumburg will be responsible for ensuring top-notch customer relations, satisfaction and retention worldwide, leading customer success teams in the Americas, EMEA and APAC. Schaumburg joins SLI Systems from Attensity, a provider of integrated, real-time solutions that blend multi-channel analytics and social engagement for enterprise listening, where he was VP of Client Services. He has also served in VP customer operations roles for several other enterprise SaaS companies and held senior management roles at Infosys, Epiphany, Oracle (CRM Global Solutions Group) and Deloitte. Schaumburg holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and earned his MBA from University of Pennsylvania , The Wharton Business School. Schaumburg has distinguished himself throughout his career by identifying and driving maximum customer value from cutting-edge software solutions. At SLI, he will support the continuous improvement in customer satisfaction and focus on refining the customer journey to achieve world-class client retention throughout the company.

Martin Onofrio

Mr. Martin Onofrio is Chief Revenue Officer of the Company. Onofrio previously held executive sales leadership positions at SAP, Mobileum, Kana, Triple Point Technology and e-commerce platform provider Blue Martini Software. In his prior roles Onofrio has consistently exceeded quota and increased average deal value. At SLI Onofrio will use his extensive knowledge to structure, motivate and run the company’s sales organization in the most effective manner possible.

Matthew Houtman

Mr. Matthew Houtman is Non-Executive Director of the Company. 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, he has portfolio responsibilities with Orion Health, Pukeko Pictures, WhereScape 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. Matthew has a Master of Management Studies with distinction from the University of Waikato.

Steven Marder

Mr. Steven E. Marder, J.D. is Non-Executive Director of the Company. Silicon Valley-based Steven Marder has over 25 years executive, advisory, and investment experience in the global technology, media and communications sectors. In addition to serving as a Co- Founder and Director at SLI Systems, Steven currently serves as a Director, Investment Banking & Capital Markets for global financial services firm BTIG. Previously he served as an Operating Partner for the Technology, Media & Telco Group at merchant bank, Morgan Joseph TriArtisan, while also serving on the board of Ingenious Ventures and the board of advisors for PlayNext Games, Platform Purple and AdMedia. Prior, serving as an Operating Partner for New Yorkbased private equity firm Avista Capital Partners, Steven served as Director for portfolio companies WideOpenWest (WOW!) and InvestorPlace Media in addition to serving as Director/co-founder of social search company Eurekster. Steven also co-founded and served as Managing Director, North America for Gramercy Venture Advisors, co-founded and served as Chairman/ CEO of eMemberDirect, Inc. (FKA PetPlanet. com), served as a Director for New Zealand based technology company GlobalBrain and as a senior executive at major media companies EMI Music and Tribune Company (Compton’s NewMedia). 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 and an investment banker holding FINRA Series 79, 62 and 63 licenses.

Ian Knowles

Mr. Ian Samuel Knowles is Independent Director of the Company. Sam has held senior positions for major banks in both Australia and New Zealand and has extensive experience in strategy, marketing, organisational capability building, and private and public sector governance experience, 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 Director of Trustpower and Synlait Milk, both NZX listed companies, and Chairman of Partners Life, ON-Brand Partners Umajin and Adminis. He is also a Director of Magritek and Rangatira.

Andrew Lark

Mr. Andrew Lark is Independent Director of the Company. Andy 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 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 is chief marketing officer for Xero - a leading global provider of software solutions to small businesses. He also chairs Group Lark, a consulting firm accelerating digital and marketing strategies for leading brands. His achievements have earned him recognition including the New Zealand Government’s prestigious Worldclass New Zealander Award. Andy is a member of the boards of Mighty River Power, Fronde, and Simple HQ. A native of Auckland, Andy has received accolades for his contributions to New Zealand business.

Sarah Smith

Ms. Sarah Smith, BCom, CA, AFInstD, is Independent Director of the Company. Sarah 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 20 years experience and is currently Chairman of Ngai Tahu Tourism. Sarah is also a Director of Christchurch City Holdings, WhereScape Software, and EcoCentral and is a Trustee for several charitable organisations. She is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.