Management Team

Leigh Jasper

Leigh Jasper

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.

Rob Phillpot

Rob Phillpot

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.

Paul Koppelman

Paul Koppelman

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.

Paul Perrett

Paul Perrett

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.

Ilona Charles

Ilona Charles

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.

Gabriele Famous

Gabriele Famous

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.

Anna Gorton

Anna Gorton

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.

Shani Hillier

Shani Hillier

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 consulting, customer experience, helpdesk, 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.

Chris Dobbyn

Chris Dobbyn

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.

Henry Jones

Henry Jones

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.

Cesar Flores

Cesar Flores

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.

Board of Directors

Adam Lewis

Adam Lewis spent 20 years at McKinsey & Company, advising major enterprises and governments in Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Europe, and North America. A partner at the firm for 14 years, he had a wide-ranging client portfolio across the steel, mining, chemicals, retail, telecommunications, and retail banking industries. He was managing partner of McKinsey in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the firm’s Asia Council and global Senior Partner-election committees. Since leaving McKinsey in 2010, Adam has established an advisory firm, Cast Professional Services. He is also Chairman of MessageMedia, Southern Innovation and Palette, a Director of FIIG Securities and acts as an advisor to a number of other start-up companies. Adam holds a M.B.A. degree in Finance (Honors) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Engineering and Electronics degree (Honours) from Curtin University of Technology.

Rosemary Hartnett

Rosemary Hartnett joined the Aconex board of directors in 2015. She is an independent director on the boards of ISPT, one of Australia’s leading property fund managers and ISPT/IFM International Property. Previously, Rosemary was chief executive officer of Housing Choices Australia, one of Australia’s largest NGOs providing housing for people priced out of traditional housing markets. Prior to Housing Choices, Rosemary held senior executive positions in property and construction finance and in funds management at National Australia Bank and ANZ Banking Group. Rosemary is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women in Super. She holds a Bachelor of Business in Property degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is a qualified property valuer.

Leigh Jasper

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..

 

Rob Phillpot

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.

Keith Toh

Keith Toh is a private investor and the founder and owner of Boost, a social discovery business. He is a venture partner at Novo Tellus Capital Partners, a Singapore-based investment firm. He serves on the board of AEM Holdings Ltd (SGX: AWX), a Singapore Exchange-listed public company providing semiconductor equipment and services. Keith was formerly principal investor at Francisco Partners, where he focused on enterprise software and technology investments. Prior to Francisco Partners, he was an enterprise software product lead and senior consultant at Trilogy. Keith has held research roles at Stanford University in the field of semiconductor lasers, and at the Ministry of Defence of Singapore in the fields of artificial intelligence and operations research. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he graduated with the combined faculty Deans' Award for Academic Achievement.

Paul Unruh

Paul Unruh is a senior adviser at TeleSoft Partners and serves on the board and chairs the Audit Committee of Symantec Corporation. He previously served on the boards of URS Corporation, Move, Inc., and Heidrick & Struggles International. Paul’s 25-year career at Bechtel began in 1978, when he joined as manager of financial systems development, and culminated in 2003, when he retired as vice chairman and member of the three-person senior management group. He also served as chief financial officer, controller and treasurer at Bechtel, as well as president of Bechtel Enterprises, the project finance, development and investment arm of the company, with more than $40 billion in projects developed and financed. He was a lead entrepreneur and a founding board member of Genuity, later sold to GTE, and a founding board member of InterGen, a Shell-Bechtel joint venture which grew to a multi-billion-dollar asset. He is a certified public accountant and holds M.S. and B.S.B.A. degrees in Accounting from the University of North Dakota.

Simon Yencken

Simon Yencken joined the board of directors in 2008 and served as chairman from 2011 to 2014. He is currently CEO and co-founder of Fanplayr, which enables online merchants to increase conversions by using Big Data and business intelligence. In addition to Fanplayr, Simon co-founded NextSet Software, which was acquired by Razor Risk Technologies prior to the latter’s acquisition by TMX. He served on the boards of Razor Risk Technologies and TIBCO Software, where he was also CEO of TIBCO Finance. Previously, he was managing director of Reuters Financial Enterprise Systems and a member of the Reuters Group executive committee, and earlier served as general counsel and corporate secretary of Reuters Group. Prior to Reuters, Simon was a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading law firm in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Monash University.

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