Global visionary joins Xero board
The following press release was sent Friday March 23:
Online accounting provider Xero announced today it has appointed expat New Zealander Guy Haddleton to the board of directors.
Mr Haddleton is an experienced entrepreneur, visionary and company director who brings considerable international business skills and export experience to Xero.
Xero founder and chief executive Rod Drury welcomed Mr Haddleton to Xero, saying the appointment signaled Xero’s intention to become a key New Zealand exporter.
“A real risk of New Zealand companies is not thinking global enough, so we looked internationally for a person with a track record of entering new markets to strengthen our board,” Mr Drury said.
Mr Haddleton is best known for founding enterprise performance planning software Adaytum with fellow New Zealander Sue Strother in 1990 in the UK, which after expanding from market leader in the UK to Europe, the USA and Asia Pacific, sold in 2002 for $US160 million.
Mr Haddleton is currently based in Minneapolis, US, after emigrating from New Zealand in 1985, but said he is now looking to spend a greater proportion of his time in New Zealand.
“I’m looking to leverage my networks to help New Zealand businesses succeed globally,” Mr Haddleton said.
“Xero is planning an exciting future and I’m looking forward to becoming a part of it,” he said.
Mr Haddleton joins Phil Norman and Graham Shaw as independent directors on the board.
Both welcomed Mr Haddleton to the board and said they look forward to the contribution he will make to Xero.
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