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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

David Spence

63 2010 Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Geoff Horth

2016 Chief Executive Officer

Craig Farrow

2016 Deputy Chairman of the Board

Richard Correll

2012 Chief Financial Officer

Ashe-lee Jegathesan

2016 General Counsel, Company Secretary

Vaughan Bowen

2016 Executive Director

James Spenceley

2016 Executive Director

Jonathan Brett

2010 Non-Executive Director

Anthony Grist

2016 Non-Executive Director

Rhoda Phillippo

2016 Non-Executive Director

Michael Simmons

2016 Non-Executive Director

Biographies

Name Description

David Spence

Mr. David Moray Spence is Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Vocus Communications Ltd. He holds B.Com, CA (SA). David has been involved in over 20 internet businesses, as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer ('CEO'), director, shareholder or advisor. Until February 2010, David held the role of CEO at Unwired Ltd. From 1995 until 2000, David held various positions with OzEmail, including Managing Director and CEO. He grew the business to become Australia’s second ISP. David is a past Chairman of the Board of the Internet Industry Association. AWA Limited, Hills Holdings Limited and PayPal Australia Pty Limited (non-listed). He is member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Geoff Horth

Mr. Geoff Horth is Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He is a Former M2 Chief Executive Officer.

Craig Farrow

Mr. Craig L. Farrow is Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Company. Craig’s leadership and financial acuity is well-documented and recognised. In 2012 Craig was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and in 2013, he was Executive Chair of the CAANZ amalgamation project for ICAA and NZICA. Formerly National Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountant's Public Practice Advisory Committee, Craig is also highly awarded, including being a Fellow of the Governor's Leadership Foundation and receiving the Institute of Chartered Accountants 1999 National President's Award for services to the Institute and the profession. Craig joined the Vocus Board with pleasure through the Company’s merger with M2 Group Ltd. Craig is Chairman of Brentnalls SA, Chartered Accountants and former National Chairman of the Brentnalls National Affiliation of Accounting firms. He is also Chairman of AIRR Holdings Limited and Tonkin Consulting Engineers. In addition, Craig is a director or board adviser to several consulting and trading enterprises across the agribusiness, software and manufacturing sectors. Craig holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Adelaide together with a Diploma of Financial Services and is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants ANZ and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Richard Correll

Ashe-lee Jegathesan

Ms. Ashe-lee Jegathesan is General Counsel, Company Secretary of the Company. Ashe-lee has held the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary of M2 Group Ltd since May 2014.

Vaughan Bowen

Mr. Vaughan G. Bowen is an Executive Director of the Company. In late 1999 a 27 year old Vaughan Bowen co-founded M2 Group Ltd.  He successfully steered M2 from a start-up technology enterprise to a fast-growing and profitable national telecommunications company.  Vaughan transitioned from the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer role into the role of Executive Director in October 2011, focussed on merger and acquisition opportunities and completed three transformational acquisitions before M2’s merger with Vocus in February 2016. Vaughan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (UNSW), is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, was named as a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Southern Region in 2004 and 2009 and in 2012 was awarded ACOMMS Communications Ambassador for outstanding contributions to the telecommunications industry. aVaughan is passionately dedicated to charitable endeavours. He is Chairman of the Telco Together Foundation (http://telcotogether.org.au/), a charitable foundation uniting the telecommunications industry in a common goal to help Australian communities in need, which he created and seeded in 2011. Vaughan's innovative approach to targeted branding, sales, alliance marketing and his proven ability to successfully execute complementary acquisitions provided M2 with a considerable competitive advantage and a respected position in the telecommunications industry.

James Spenceley

Mr. James Roland Travers Spenceley is Executive Director of Vocus Communications Ltd. James is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vocus. He has been involved with the Internet and telecommunications industry for more than 13 years. During this time James was the network architect and infrastructure manager of the $300 million COMindico network (acquired by Soul Pattinson Telecom, now TPG Telecom), which was widely regarded as the single and first converged voice and data network in Australia. Additionally, James was a member of the team responsible for buying and connecting COMindico to the USA via the Southern Cross Cable at COMindico and created the Consolidated Entity’s wholesale IP transit product.

Jonathan Brett

Mr. Jonathan (Jon) Keith Brett is Non-Executive Director of Vocus Communications Ltd. He holds B.Acc, B.Com, MCom, CA (SA). Jon has experience in the areas of management, operations, finance and corporate advisory. Jon’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 National Roads and Motoring Association. Jon is currently on the board of several unlisted companies and is a director of Investec Wentworth Private Equity Limited.

Anthony Grist

Mr. Anthony James is Grist Non-Executive Director of the Company. His leadership role at Amcom and his past experience in the Australian market primed him to champion the hard-fought deal and continue to challenge the industry as Deputy Chairman of the Vocus board. Already the founder of Perth-based private investment group Albion Capital Partners, Tony formed what became Amcom Telecommunications Ltd. in 1999 to acquire and finance the then start-up telco, Amcom Pty Ltd. While at Amcom in 2006, he earned his spot on the iiNet board after bucking the fears of institutional investors and buying 19.9 percent of the company’s shares from a spooked market in a single trading day. He went on to help shareholders earn a ten-fold increase in their investment in the years that followed, before divesting in iiNet and leaving its board in 2011.

Rhoda Phillippo

Ms. Rhoda Phillippo is Non-Executive Director of the Company. Rhoda is a globally experienced executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications and IT sectors, including time with British Telecom PLC, Telecom/Gen-i (now Spark) and M2 Group Ltd. Rhoda also has experience in the energy sector with Shell in New Zealand (now Z Energy) and Infratil Energy Australia (Lumo Energy). Rhoda holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering and Business Management from University College London, where she was awarded the Founders Prize for best academic dissertation and the Masters Challenge Prize for leadership. Rhoda’s previous roles include Chief Operating Officer of HRL Morrison & Co, a boutique infrastructure investment company. She is currently Executive Chair of Vix Technology, Chair of Snapper Services Ltd and a non-Executive director on the Board of Vix Investments and LINQ (a technology start up in New Zealand). She has recently been appointed to the Board of Kiwibank and is an Alternate Director for the Future Fund’s investment in Perth Airport.

Michael Simmons

Mr. Michael Simmons is Non-Executive Director of the Company. He previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed SP Telemedia Limited (SPT and now known as TPG Telecom Limited) group since its listing in 2001. Prior to listing the SPT Group was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington H.Soul Pattinson Limited controlled NBN Television Group. Michael served in executive roles for nearly 26 years within the SPT/NBN Group of Companies, including as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer. During 2009 following the acquisition of TPG Telecom Pty Ltd Michael left the SPT Group to become the Managing Director of TERRiA, a telecommunications consortium of infrastructure based telecommunications carriers formed to bid for the contract to build the National Broadband Network (NBN). Michael joined the M2 Group Board in 2009 and has had enormous satisfaction since then in being a part of the great M2 success story culminating in the merger with Vocus. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Newcastle University. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
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