Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr Mercer was Managing Director, Strategy and Fixed at Optus following four successful years as Chief Executive Officer of vividwireless and ten years in a number of significant leadership positions at Telstra. Mr Mercer has an impressive resume in strategy, sales, marketing and product development and general management and brings with him a reputation for excellence in both strategy and execution.
Mr Mercer has a BA (Hons) and an LLB from the University of Sydney. He has a graduate diploma in Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia and studied economics and finance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is also a former Harkness Fellow.
Mr Mercer was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 7 April 2014.
Chief Financial Officer
Peter Findlay joined Melbourne IT in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. Peter has significant experience gained from leading finance operations across a range of industries during the past 16 years, and leads Melbourne IT's finance function globally in his role as CFO.
He joined the company from Australian Music Group, the country's largest retailer and wholesaler of musical equipment, where he was CFO for a year and a half. Prior to that, Mr Findlay spent three years as Group Finance Director at specialist cleaning product retailer, Godfreys, and six years in senior finance roles with Linfox and Mars Petcare ANZ.
Mr Findlay began his career with six years at KPMG where he was a manager of the Strategic Vision consulting practice within the firm's Australian operation, consulting to large ASX-listed companies.
Mr Findlay holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Executive Vice President - SMB & Partner
Doug Schneider joined Melbourne IT in July 2012 as Executive Vice President of SMB eBusiness Solutions and Global Partner Solutions. In this role, Doug leads all operations of Melbourne IT's small business brands and partner activities globally.
Doug has more than 20 years of experience in building successful businesses in the communications and technology sector. During his tenure as President of Web Services at Verio, Doug helped build the biggest hosting company in the United States with more than 800 employees. Part of this role included creating Verio's OEM hosting program and developing it into the largest partner channel of its kind at the time. He then moved to become President of Verio's global SMB hosting business and grew the customer base to more than one million SMBs across 140 countries.
Prior to joining Melbourne IT, Doug was CEO at pioneering digital gift card commerce provider, Transaction Wireless.
Doug holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
Dr. Bruce Tonkin
Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Bruce Tonkin joined Melbourne IT in 1999, in the role of Research Director/Chief Technology Officer, and was appointed to the role of Chief Strategy Officer in June 2009.
In his current role Bruce is responsible for evaluating new partnerships and communicating, creating, executing and sustaining strategic initiatives to drive long term benefits for the Company. He aligns the decisions made within strategy planning, business development, process improvement and information technology to achieve the strategic plan.
Bruce also manages Melbourne IT's active participation in local and international Internet industry bodies, including ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), where he has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2007. Bruce was appointed Vice-Chair of ICANN in June 2011.
Before joining Melbourne IT, Bruce worked in small private engineering consulting businesses, universities and industry research laboratories (including AT&T Bell Labs in the 1980s).
Bruce is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Engineering (1st class Hons) and a PhD in electrical and electronic engineering.
Executive General Manager - Enterprise Services
Peter Wright joined Melbourne IT in 2011 as the Executive General Manager of Enterprise Services. He is responsible for spearheading Melbourne IT's growth in agile IT services for enterprises.
With more than 28 years experience in the Australian technology industry, Peter has an enviable track record in leading the development of teams to broaden business models and scale business operations to drive strong sales, revenue and margin growth.
Prior to joining Melbourne IT, Peter worked as General Manager - Sales and Operations at REA Group, where he was responsible for the day to day sales and operations of the REA Group's Australian brands, including Australia's largest real estate website realestate.com.au.
Peter spent 13 years in various senior positions at Optus, where he played a leadership role in growing Optus' Internet and managed services businesses, and another two years at Alphawest as Northern Region General Manager where Peter played a key role in establishing Alphawest as a top 10 ICT services business in Australia.
He began his career with Telstra and worked for several years at Qantas' IT arm, Qantek (Qantas Information Technology). Peter holds an MBA with the University of Technology, Sydney and has been a part time lecturer in sales management at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Mr Jones is a Chartered Accountant and a director of Canterbury Partners Pty Ltd which is a boutique corporate advisory business located in Melbourne. He has extensive experience in investment advisory, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, audit and venture capital.
Mr Jones is Chairman of the Advisory Board of MAB Limited and Lead Independent Director of Computershare Limited. Mr Jones is former Managing Director of N.M. Rothschild and Sons (Australia) - Melbourne office. He is also a former Head of Audit and Business Advisory (Australia & New Zealand) and Corporate Finance (Melbourne) of Arthur Andersen.
Mr Jones was appointed to the Board on 12 March 2003, and was appointed Chairman on 1 November 2009
Mr Kiing is a director of Bridge Capital Pty Ltd, an Australian technology investment firm that manages a portfolio of investments in the IT sector. He currently sits on the Board of: Jumbuck Ltd an ASX listed mobile applications company; SII International, a world leader in visual intelligence software; and The Atomic Group, an integrated sports and entertainment company in Australia. Mr Kiing is also co founder of Tarazz.com an Asian based ecommerce portal.
Mr Kiing has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate finance. He travels extensively through the ASEAN region to promote a wide range of Australian investment opportunities to Asian institutions and private investors.
Mr Kiing was appointed to the Board on 19 December 2002.
Ms Sparks is a professional company director and experienced advertising executive.
She is a member of the boards of a number of Australian listed companies and not-for-profit organisations, including Blackmores Ltd, PMP Ltd, SFG Australia, DealsDirect.com.au and Chartis Australia Insurance Ltd. She is also Deputy Chair of the Sydney Dance Company and Racing NSW.
Ms Sparks is the immediate past President of Chief Executive Women.Ms Sparks' career includes senior roles in the pharmaceutical, management consulting and advertising industries, with her most recent positions including Group Managing Director for Young & Rubicam Group Sydney, and Managing Director of M&C Saatchi.
Ms Sparks' expertise as a non-executive director is in corporate strategy and business management, media and marketing in the traditional and digital space, digital technology and relevant applications, brand reputation and risk management.
She holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Mr Stewart is a company director and management consultant. He was National Managing Partner of Minter Ellison, one of Australia's leading law firms, for eleven years, retiring in June 1999. He was also a non-executive director of Memtec Ltd, a high technology filtration company, from 1988 until 1997. Memtec listed on NASDAQ and then the New York Stock Exchange prior to being taken over by a US company in 1997.
Mr Stewart spent five years with Pacific Dunlop from 1976 to 1981 in a variety of general management positions within the Footwear Group. He is a highly experienced company director, having served on the boards of seven publicly listed companies as well as a number of private commercial companies and not for profit organisations. Currently he is Chairman of C E Bartlett Pty Ltd, one of the leading manufacturers in Australia of quality products in the fabrication of synthetic and canvas fabrics; Chairman of jobsjobsjobs Pty Ltd, an online network of jobs boards and a provider of proprietary software to recruiters, publishers and corporate; a director of QSR International Pty Ltd, which produces the world's leading qualitative research software; and Chairman of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute, Australia's premier health and research institute tackling the problems of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Mr Stewart was appointed to the Melbourne IT Board on 14 September 1999 and held the position of Chairman until 31 October 2009.
Mr Bloch has been a serial entrepreneur, pioneer and leader in the online business services industry for 20 years. He founded and was Managing Director of NetBenefit in the UK in 1994. NetBenefit rapidly become the largest domain and hosting provider in Europe. Mr Bloch also founded Virtual Internet in France in 1996. After selling NetBenefit to the General Internet Corporation in 1997, he relocated to Sydney.
Mr Bloch co-founded Netregistry Group Limited in 1997 and was its major shareholder, CEO and Chairman for 17 years. In 2014 he successfully sold Netregistry Group Limited to Melbourne IT Limited in 2014.
Mr Bloch holds a B.Sc Degree and two Post Graduate Honours Degrees in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Cape Town.
Mr Bloch was appointed to the Board on 3 April 2014.