Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Leigh Jasper is the CEO of Aconex, the world’s most widely used cloud collaboration platform for construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. Leigh has overseen the continued growth of Aconex since founding the Company with Rob Phillpot in 2000. Aconex became a public company in 2014. Prior to Aconex, Leigh worked at McKinsey & Company, where he consulted for clients in the financial services, media and information technology sectors. He is a director of the Burnet Institute, a not-for-profit organization which aims to improve health in poor and vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally through research, education and public health. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with First Class Honors, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Diploma of Modern Languages in French from the University of Melbourne.
Senior Vice President, Product & Engineering
Rob Phillpot is responsible for product vision, strategy and management, as well as engineering, and is an Aconex director. Together with company co-founder Leigh Jasper, he raised A$86 million in private equity investment before listing Aconex on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in December 2014. Rob is a Director of Scotch College, Melbourne. Prior to establishing Aconex, Rob managed document control, quality and trades on a site team at Brookfield Multiplex, a leading global contracting and development firm specializing in large-scale buildings, commercial structures and infrastructure projects. It was Rob’s construction industry expertise – combined with Leigh’s consulting experience in e-commerce strategy at McKinsey – which created the Aconex cloud collaboration platform. Prior to Brookfield Multiplex, Rob was an auditor at Deloitte & Touche in Australia. He holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Planning and Design degrees with Honors and a Master of Building degree from the University of Melbourne.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul Koppelman is responsible for finance and accounting operations and administration. Before joining Aconex in 2017, Paul held executive positions at several ASX listed companies and has led a wide range of corporate finance functions, including financial reporting, treasury, risk management, compliance, procurement, and investor relations. Most recently, he was chief financial officer of Medibank Private Limited, one of Australia’s largest healthcare companies, where he played a pivotal role in taking the company public. Previously, he was general manager, corporate finance, at Pacific Brands Limited, an Australian consumer products company. Prior to Pacific Brands, he was chief financial officer of the Global Aluminium (UK) and Commercial (Netherlands) Groups at BHP Billiton. Mr. Koppelman is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and an associate member of the Securities Institute of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree with Distinction from RMIT University.
Chief People Officer
Ilona Charles is responsible for all human resources functions, including recruitment and retention, learning and development, compensation and benefits, diversity, and corporate culture. She joined Aconex in 2016 with more than 20 years of management experience in transformation, change and human resources across the telecommunications, health and financial services industries. Previously, Ilona was executive director of human resources for Telstra’s Retail division. At Telstra, she successfully completed 15 acquisitions and joint ventures for Telstra Health and established an innovative design lab for employees called Customer Central. Previously, she was group executive, people and performance, at Medibank Private and held general management positions in human resources and transformation at National Australia Bank. Ilona currently serves on the Human Resources Advisory Board of Deakin University and the Judicial Entitlements Panel for the Victorian State Government. She holds a M.B.A. degree from Swinburne University and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Latrobe University.
Chief Operating Officer
As COO, Paul Perrett is responsible for worldwide sales, service delivery and business operations. Before joining Aconex in 2007, Paul held a series of management positions in brand services, strategy and product management at Melbourne IT, a global provider of domain registration, web design, and email and web hosting services. While at Melbourne IT, he led the acquisition of two companies in New Zealand and Europe, respectively, and managed the post-acquisition integration of one company. Previously, Paul served as a consultant at L.E.K. Consulting, a global business strategy firm serving private-sector clients across multiple industry segments, as well as the public sector. His consulting practice at L.E.K. focused on near-term corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. Paul earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of New South Wales with First Class Honors.
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Tim is responsible for the strategy, direction, and execution of technology at Aconex. He has more than 15 years’ experience, building high quality software products and scalable technology platforms. Tim founded Worksite in 2013, a technology start-up which developed the first cloud-based cost management solution for the capital project industry. Worksite was acquired by Aconex in 2015. Prior to Worksite, he was a founding partner of Topguest, a San Francisco based, customer analytics technology company which was sold to Switchfly, a B2B travel e-commerce platform. Tim began his professional career in law and derivatives trading. An early-stage technology advisor, he holds a Bachelor of Law degree with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Science degree in advanced physics and computational mathematics from the University of Sydney.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Anna Gorton is responsible for all legal and company secretarial functions at Aconex. She has been practicing law in Australia for 15 years. Prior to joining Aconex in 2016, Anna was general counsel and company secretary at SMS Management & Technology, a listed public company. Previously, she was head of legal – Australia at Carter Holt Harvey Building Supplies Group. Earlier in her career, she held various legal roles in transactional banking and finance at law firms in Australia and the U.K. Anna is a member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA), and the Law Institute of Victoria. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne and has been awarded GAICD and GIA certifications.
Chief Marketing Officer
Gabriele currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer and is responsible for driving global brand recognition, product marketing, demand generation, and communications for the company. She brings 20 years of leadership and go-to-market experience including senior executive level roles in global marketing, as well as, corporate development at high growth, large scale, SaaS companies. Prior to joining Aconex, Gabriele was VP of Global Product Marketing at Zendesk. Previously, Gabriele held leadership positions in Mergers & Acquisitions and Marketing at Salesforce. In addition, she co-founded Lenders Solutions, a technology & services company in the financial services space; where she positioned the company for a successful acquisition. She has been an active speaker in the technology community discussing technology trends and impacts for customer engagement. Gabriele holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Arizona and a Master’s of Science in Management from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford.
Executive General Manager, Client Services
Shani Hillier leads the client services team that provides delivery, support and training services for the Aconex customer and user network globally. She sets strategic direction to ensure that client services continuously evolves to meet the needs of a constantly changing industry. Her functional responsibilities include professional services, consulting, customer experience, service desk, online support, change management, and provisioning. Shani joined Aconex as a consultant in 2003 and has progressed through a number of key roles in different geographic locations. Prior to Aconex, she worked in the engineering, construction, and oil and gas sectors, focused on project management and software implementation. She was an implementation specialist at Saipem in London, a project manager at Lendlease, and a tender coordinator and document controller at Philips in Australia.
Senior Vice President, EMEA and Global Accounts
Henry Jones is senior vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Global Accounts. His responsibilities include the company’s business throughout the EMEA region and account relationships with the world’s largest owners and contractors. Henry joined Aconex in 2014 with 20 years of experience in general management, sales, marketing, and business development. Previously, he was senior vice president and global head of Tech and Tech Services at Axiom Global, an alternative legal services provider. Prior to Axiom, Henry was vice president of the West Region at Satmetrix Systems, a provider of cloud-based enterprise feedback reporting solutions. Earlier in his career, he was a managing director at TARP Ltd., a customer insight research consultancy, and Asia-Pacific business development manager at London First Centre. Henry holds an M.B.A. degree from the Imperial College Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Edinburgh University.
Senior Vice President, Americas
Chris Dobbyn joined Aconex in 2008 to create and lead the corporate development function and is now responsible for the Americas region. He has led two significant product-related acquisitions and driven several strategic growth initiatives, including new product development, channel partnerships and new market entry. Chris’s 24-year career spans a range of operating management experience in product, sales, marketing, distribution, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Aconex, he was general manager of HubOnline, which provides web design and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based office applications to real estate agents. Previously, Chris was general manager of products and marketing at Melbourne IT, a global provider of domain registration, web design, and email and web hosting services. He started his career at Ernst & Young, where he was audit manager for four years before moving on to management consulting at Cap Gemini. Chris is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Ballarat University.
Senior Vice President, Product and Experience
As a member of the Aconex Executive Team, Kirsten is responsible for product strategy which supports customer needs, whilst driving successful commercial outcomes. She has worked in IT and product development for over 20 years, and has helped organisations become customer-focused by creating new product and service experiences. Kirsten has led initiatives working with organisation leaders to deepen understanding of the value of Product Management, User Experience and Design Thinking practices. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Computing with Honours (Information Systems) from Monash University and a Post Graduate Degree in Information Systems. Kirsten is a Board member of annecto, a not-for-profit organisation that provides advice, advocacy and support, for people with disabilities, older people, families and carers.
Chief Operating Officer, EMEA
Cesar Flores was CEO and co-founder of Conject AG and a member of the board of directors and chief financial officer at Conject Holding GmbH, a leading cloud and mobile collaboration service provider acquired by Aconex in 2016. He is currently responsible for all Aconex operations in the regions of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. At Conject Holding, he was responsible for corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and business development. Cesar began his career as a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting, now Oliver Wyman. In this role, he implemented projects involving strategy, reorganization and cost optimization for the telecommunications, construction and financial services sectors. Cesar holds a dual degree in Spanish-German and Business Economy from ESB Business School at Reutlingen University in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany and ICADE in Madrid, Spain.
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Tara is a trusted advisor to the CEO and works closely with the Executive Team to facilitate the effective communication and execution of strategic priorities across the business. A longstanding employee, Tara joined Aconex in 2005 and went on to establish and lead our digital marketing function with a focus on international growth. She has held leadership roles in both marketing and broader management, in the US, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. A natural team-builder, Tara is passionate about sport – in particular, Australian Rules football. As a well-regarded international coach, she has contributed to growth in the women's game in the communities that we serve around the world. Tara holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) degree with Distinction from Charles Sturt University.