Martin Mercer

Chief Executive Officer, Director

Martin Mercer

Chief Executive Officer, Director
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Date of Appointment: Director - 7 April 2014 

"I'm a proud Arqadian!  I'm just one member of an amazing team of talented people who are committed to becoming the leading digital partner for Australian businesses, big and small.  I love that we don't stand still, we are constantly changing things up in pursuit of a better way.  And our people just keep rolling with it.  We are the leaders in what we do because we want to be."

Martin's leadership of Arq Group, as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, is underpinned by more than 20 years in strategy and planning, sales, marketing, product development and general management. 

Prior to joining Arq Group, he was Managing Director, Strategy and Fixed at Optus, following four successful years as Chief Executive Officer of vividwireless and a decade in senior leadership positions at Telstra. 

A recipient of a Harness Fellowship from Commonwealth Fund of New York, and a former Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Martin holds a Graduate Diploma in Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. 

Andrew Reitzer

Chair of the Board and Non-Executive Director

Andrew Reitzer

Chair of the Board and Non-Executive Director
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Date of Appointment: Director – 1 August 2018

 

Andrew Reitzer brings more than 35 years of global experience in the technology, retail and wholesaling industries. Andrew has extensive experience in M&A, post-acquisition integration and organisational change.

From 1988 to 30 June 2013 Andrew was CEO of Metcash Limited. Prior to his appointment to CEO, Andrew held various management roles at METRO Cash & Carry and led the establishment of METRO’s operations in Israel and Russia and served as the Group Operations Director.

In addition to the Non-Executive Directorships listed below, Andrew is a Director of several private companies.

Fraser Bearsley

Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary

Fraser Bearsley

Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary
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"The best digital solutions come from equal parts people and technology and that's why I'm proud to work for Arq Group"

Fraser Bearsley's leadership of Arq Group's finance team is underpinned by strong experience in corporate finance, corporate development, commercial finance and transaction advisory work.  As Chief Financial Officer, Fraser is responsible for leading the corporate accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, corporate development, risk and legal functions.

Fraser joined the group as Group Financial Controller in November 2016, coming across from a tenure as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Readify Limited, a leading software services provider acquired by Telstra in 2016. He has also held senior finance and corporate development roles at iSelect Limited and in EY's Assurance and Transaction Advisory practices.

Fraser is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.

Larry Bloch

Non-Executive Director, Member of HRRNC

Larry Bloch

Non-Executive Director, Member of HRRNC
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Date of Appointment: Director - 3 April 2014 

"Throughout its history the Arq Group has been a leader and innovator in its market. Since it acquired Netregistry in 2014, I have been proud to participate in and contribute to its current highly successful model. Arq Group has grown from its proud, legacy heritage to an exciting, rapidly growing business at the forefront of digital innovation."

A highly respected online business services pioneer, Larry Bloch has been influencing the industry in Australia and Europe for over 20 years. His entrepreneurial expertise and leadership helps shape Arq Group's strategic direction as Director and as member of both the ARMC and HRRNC committees.

Larry 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. He previously founded and was Managing Director of NetBenefit in the UK, which rapidly became the largest domain and hosting provider in Europe. Larry also founded Virtual Internet in France in 1996. 

Larry holds two postgraduate degrees (Honours) in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science as well as a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Samantha Easton-Cavanagh

Chief Brand, People & Culture Officer

Samantha Easton-Cavanagh

Chief Brand, People & Culture Officer
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A passionate and energetic leader, Samantha Easton-Cavanagh has been inspiring teams to lift leadership and competencies for many years.

Samantha is a Human Resources Executive with deep capability in the development and implementation of valued and business focused people strategies for multi-sector, multi-discipline and multi-national companies.  Samantha brings broad industry experiences within dynamic, fast-paced organisations undergoing ambitious growth and transformation.

She’s been a key driver and influencer in a significant number of acquisitions and as a consequence has deep skill in post M&A integration and change management.  Samantha has led cultural change and managed numerous integrations into acquired, culturally different businesses, requiring management cohesion and adjustment.

She has a track record of coaching C-suite executives to make strong operational, strategic and leadership decisions.

A collaborative leader, Samantha has a reputation for creating and turning HR strategy into reality, delivering against business objectives while enabling leadership development, cultural change, client satisfaction and improved sales results.

Prior to joining Arq, Samantha was People & Performance Director at QANTM Intellectual Property Ltd and previously, GM of Human Resources at Telstra. Samantha has also held HR leadership roles in a diverse range of businesses including Accenture, Balancing Business and Pracom (now Service Stream).

Samantha holds a Bachelor of Business (Business Administration) degree from Monash University and is a Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI) and an Associate Fellow Member of the of Institute of Managers and Leaders (AFIML).

Brett Fenton

Executive Director, Middle and Mass-Market

Brett Fenton

Executive Director, Middle and Mass-Market
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"Arq Group's new future is certainly bright. Crafted from one of Australia's oldest home grown technology brands, I'm honoured to be connected to a company that enables human and business potential via the delivery of amazing technology solutions. More than that, I'm proud to be part of a culture where our leaders understand that the value we create comes from our amazingly talented people."

Leading the management of Arq Group's software systems and platforms, project management and delivery, infrastructure and technical platforms, and general technology operations, Brett Fenton is a technology evangelist with a passion for both business management and leadership.

As Chief Integration Officer during the group's critical transformation period from late-2015, Brett was responsible for customer integration, migration, platform consolidation, customer experience and customer journey, data science and innovation. His success in building this integration capability saw him transition to taking on the wider technology role across the group.

Brett has held a number of senior leadership positions at Melbourne IT and Netregistry prior to its acquisition, including as Chief Customer Officer of Melbourne IT and Chief Operating Officer of Netregistry.

He holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney where he majored both chemistry and geology.

Andrew Macpherson

Non-Executive Director, Chair of HRRNC, Member of ARMC

Andrew Macpherson

Non-Executive Director, Chair of HRRNC, Member of ARMC
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Date of Appointment: Director – 19 July 2017

"I am proud to be involved with the Arq Group because of the deep range of digital solutions that Arq offers to both SMB and Enterprise clients …"

Andrew Macpherson's wealth of leadership and strategy experience in enterprise technology project delivery and risk management is integral to the direction of Arq Group, in particular the rapid growth of the Enterprise Services business.

Andrew is also Chair of Sirca Ltd, a leading provider of financial data and eResearch services, Chair of not-for-profit IT social enterprise WorkVentures, Non-executive director of Ruralco Holdings, a diversified Australian agribusiness, and Non-Executive director of OneVue Holdings, a fintech company providing wholesale services to the wealth management industry.

An almost 30-year career with global consulting firm Accenture saw Andrew lead the implementation of complex technology-enabled change projects to large enterprises and government in Australia, Asia and Europe. He also previously served as Chief Executive of Crowe Horwath Sydney, part of the fifth largest accounting and professional services firm in Australia. 

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Industrial Engineering (Hons) from UNSW, and is a Member of AICD.
 

Simon Martin

Non-Executive Director, Chair of ARMC, Member of HRRNC

Simon Martin

Non-Executive Director, Chair of ARMC, Member of HRRNC
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Date of Appointment: Director - 19 July 2017 

"Arq Group has evolved its early leadership position in the Australian tech scene to a leading supplier of client facing, digital solutions.  This evolution shows a preparedness to try new things, to fail, to learn - to really act like a leader."

Simon Martin brings more than 25 years of financial and commercial experience including a significant tenure focussed on technology to support the strategic direction of Arq Group.

An investor in and director of several SME and healthcare technology start-ups in Australia and the UK, Simon also holds directorships at work force design and delivery company Tandem Corp Pty Ltd and for-purpose organisations BIG4 Holiday Parks of Australia and Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne.

Simon was CEO of iCareHealth until the sale of its Australian operations to Telstra Health in 2014, and previously CFO and a Director of MYOB from 2004 to 2012 overseeing several acquisitions and divestments, privatisation by Archer Capital and subsequent sale to Bain Capital.

A Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Simon holds both a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce the University of Melbourne.

Martin Mercer

Chief Executive Officer, Director

Martin Mercer

Chief Executive Officer, Director
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Date of Appointment: Director - 7 April 2014 

"I'm a proud Arqadian!  I'm just one member of an amazing team of talented people who are committed to becoming the leading digital partner for Australian businesses, big and small.  I love that we don't stand still, we are constantly changing things up in pursuit of a better way.  And our people just keep rolling with it.  We are the leaders in what we do because we want to be."

Martin's leadership of Arq Group, as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, is underpinned by more than 20 years in strategy and planning, sales, marketing, product development and general management. 

Prior to joining Arq Group, he was Managing Director, Strategy and Fixed at Optus, following four successful years as Chief Executive Officer of vividwireless and a decade in senior leadership positions at Telstra. 

A recipient of a Harness Fellowship from Commonwealth Fund of New York, and a former Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Martin holds a Graduate Diploma in Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. 

Naseema Sparks

Non-Executive Director, Member of ARMC and HRRNC

Naseema Sparks

Non-Executive Director, Member of ARMC and HRRNC
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Date of Appointment: Director - 19 April 2012 

"Arq Group is morphing into a modern, exciting business with customers at its core."

Naseema Sparks is an experienced topline growth director. Her extensive leadership in strong B2C organisations and in organisations using technology to disrupt traditional business models is highly valuable the strategic focus of Arq Group.

Naseema has current experience in transformational and disruptor businesses, especially those operating in the rapid growth, customer acquisition and brand awareness stage. She also has experience with businesses facing market and competitive pressures where significant operational transformation is required to restore a profitability and growth.

In addition to Arq Group, she also serves on the boards of Australian Vintage Ltd, AIG Australia, Knight Frank Australia, and Genero Media Pty Ltd.

Naseema's most recent leadership role was Group Managing Director and Global Partner of M&C Saatchi Ltd. She has also previously held directorships at PMP Ltd, Grays e-Commerce Group Ltd and Blackmores Ltd. She is a Director of Biennale of Sydney, Trustee of Sydney Living Museums (Historic Houses Trust of NSW).

Naseema is a Member of the Order of Australia, and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School. She is also a member and Past President of Chief Executive Women.