The Board currently comprises of five members. Board members possess a broad range of industry experience and business skills to appropriately govern the interests of the shareholders of the Company. The Board continues to actively guide the ongoing growth strategy of the Company. The Board actively involves, as appropriate, expert and independent advice on matters reserved for the Remuneration and Audit & Risk Committees.
Mr Andrew Kent, Chairman, is an experienced Business Manager and Corporate Advisor with over 40 years' experience in international equities and media. Mr Kent was the CEO of Aspermont from 2000 to 2005 and holds considerable knowledge of its products and the market landscape. Mr Kent is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
"As a long serving chairman of Aspermont Ltd I have found that a sound vision is only able to be delivered when the right culture and organisational skills are fully aligned with it.
The company has built both technological IP and knowledge capital since its successful pioneering of a paid content digital media solution in 2003 - at a time when all else said the internet must be free and advertising solutions should be based on website volume and not audience quality. Aspermont proved then what it is again ready to prove now; albeit on a far larger scale. That is, that high provident content, timeliness and effective delivery are ‘must have' propositions for industry professionals.
When operating in an era of ‘fake news' the value lines for a publisher have never been clearer or more important, to the communities they serve.
Tech solutions with high growth and profitability are rare. As Aspermont completes its transformation of the last three years it comes back to the market with both - and is supported by a board and executive team who have all the ingredients to create real long-term value for its shareholders."
Mr Geoff Donohue has over 30 years' experience at both board and senior management level within public companies and the securities industry. Mr Donohue holds a Bachelor of Commerce from James Cook University of North Queensland, Graduate Diploma in Financial Analysis from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.
"I began my involvement with ASP three years ago and have been Lead Independent Director since October 2016. During this time I have witnessed and been involved in the Company transforming itself at balance sheet, management, board, technical, operational and functional levels. The decisions taken and implemented to give effect to this transformation were very well planned, executed and courageous. This process is ongoing.
Aspermont is now very well positioned to create substantial shareholder value as the benefits of the past two years of change yield expected excellent results. I look forward to being part of this and am very excited by it."
Since joining the company in 2007, Mr Alex Kent has worked across all divisions of Aspermont Group. During this time, he has built up an extensive knowledge of its product portfolio and been a key influencer in the overall business vision. He is currently the Group's Managing Director but has held previous executive roles in both marketing and digital strategy.
Having previously graduated through Microsoft's Executive Academy and with a double honours degree in Economics, Accounting and Business Law, Mr Alex Kent brings further depth to the Aspermont board and operations as the Group continues its digital evolution.
Mr Alex Kent joined the board as an Executive Director and holds a number of other private company directorships.
"Having transformed itself over the last three years; at almost every level of the organisation Aspermont has a unique opportunity to deliver high growth over the next few years both from a revenue, earnings and a shareholder value perspective.
That growth will be achieved through the development of our core business, leveraging that model into new markets and identifying targeted acquisition where they fit our overall strategy and provide earning accretive results.
The company's long-term vision may not have changed since 2003 but the capacity, capability and focused approach to delivery today are markedly different.
We have built an exceptional team within the business not just at the management levels but throughout the entire organisation. Focusing on people, skills and capacity will hallmark our development as a company going forward.
Having worked at Aspermont since 2007 there has never been a more exciting time. It is now all about focus and delivery."
Christian West has over 16 years' experience in advising public companies on portfolio structure and in deal origination, development and financing for private companies. Christian has a successful track record investing in global equities, through public market, venture capital and private equity investment channels across media, technology and natural resource sectors. He is currently a Director of RDP Limited, a venture capital group specialist in the natural resources sector.
"I have been working with Aspermont since the summer of 2016 before joining the Board as a Non- Executive Director in May of 2017. I have been impressed with the high quality of the Executive team and the turnaround plan they have actioned. The Company and Management have embraced the digital revolution within the publishing and media sector. The Company is showing impressive growth in both its established business and newly launched products and is a credit to the enthusiasm, dedication and talent shown throughout the Aspermont family.
The coming year should show continuing development and provide exciting opportunities for the management team and Aspermont's shareholders."
Clayton Witter has over 20 years' experience in advising large and medium size organisations on implementation of new technologies to transform business processes across a number of sectors including FMCG (consumer goods), Manufacturing, Banking, Information Technology and Electrical household appliances. He was previously Managing Director at Beko Plc, the UK home appliance manufacturer where under his management, Beko became market leader across multiple product categories.
"I am excited about Aspermont because the business has a talented executive team full of passion and drive, who are well equipped to realise the potential of Aspermont to be the market leader and the first point of reference for business intelligence, information and data in the sectors within which it operates. This presence together with the current development of new technology platforms will allow the expertise within the executive to connect global partners through event forums that deliver immense value for participants and significant additional revenue for Aspermont.
Within the last year the company has shown significant improvement in its overall financial performance which serves as a great platform and foundation for the exciting and ambitious plans ahead and I am looking forward to supporting the executive team together with my fellow non- executive directors to deliver on these plans."
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