James AdlerSenior LawyerLEGALVISION
Silvia ArrigoniVP – Global Brand MarketingNearmap
Andrew BattChief Executive Office, Bellabox
Andrew Batt is an experienced CEO, CFO and Board Director with over 20 years working across multiple industry sectors in Australia, UK and Asia. After leaving the corporate world 9 years ago, he began consulting as a Virtual CFO to small-medium enterprises and the Not For Profit sector. He was appointed as the CEO of bellabox, Australasia’s leading beauty subscription service, 3 years ago.
Established in 2011, bellabox is the market leading beauty box, featuring cosmetics, skincare, fragrances and accessories. For less than $20 a per month, subscribers enjoy an individualised beauty box tailored to their skin, hair type and personal preferences. “It’s truly affordable luxury,” says co-founder Sarah Hamilton. There is also a new mum’s (bellababy) and men’s (bellobox) offering.
In his time as CEO, Andrew has expanded the subscription offering to include New Zealand as well as offering Limited Edition themed boxes and more recently a ‘Welcome to Wellness’ quarterly subscription box. Of equal importance, he believes in empowering the team to take ownership within their role and being active in the business successes. This is underpinned by open and honest communication and developing capability and capacity within a young, highly capable team.
Andrew’s core skills are in leadership, business strategy, management reporting including key business drivers such as churn and cost per acquisition, corporate governance and risk. He understands the importance of balancing technology and people, in particular for subscription businesses. In fact, bellabox has gone through a complete systems overhaul over the past 18 months.
At the time of writing this bio Andrew is spending a week in Nepal supporting the 9th World Park Ranger Congress as part of his role on the Board of The Thin Green Line Foundation. Andrew is proud to help Protect Nature’s Protectors."
Varun BhandarkarManager – Customer Success Australia and New Zealand, HubSpot
Varun Bhandarkar manages the Customer Success team at HubSpot, Australia and New Zealand. With a career in customer service roles that span 15 years, Varun has learnt first-hand the power of customer advocacy to propel business growth and amplify brand messaging. More recently, Varun applied his experience from advertising, marketing and sales to exponentially grow HubSpot’s Partner Network in the Australian and New Zealand market. Today, Varun focuses on empowering his team that is responsible for delivering exceptional customer experience and adding sustained and meaningful value to HubSpot’s customers to help them grow better.
Carolyn BreezeGeneral Manager – Australia and New Zealand, GoCardless
Carolyn is an experienced leader with more than 15 years in the technology sector, including extensive international experience within the fintech, e-commerce, and telecommunications sectors.
For more than 20 years, she has been actively supporting brands to amplify their presence in relevant markets, elevate their customer experience, and form long-term partnerships. Carolyn’s work within Braintree a PayPal Service, eBay, Vodafone, and Telstra has seen her sharpen her sales, marketing, and leadership expertise, as well as her knowledge in conversion, payments and digital transformation.
Carolyn’s effervescent personality has naturally enabled her to become a sought-after keynote speaker locally and internationally. She is passionate about creating opportunities for local businesses in the region, within areas such as the future of payments and automation. She’s an advocate for workplace diversity and is focused on creating an inclusive working environment. Her primary goal is to empower organisations to drive inclusion and equality through technology and choice.
Her astute leadership and professionalism has resulted in Carolyn being awarded one of CEO Magazine’s IT and Telecommunications Executive of the Year in 2018, and recognised as one of the top 20 Women in Fintech.
Jason CarleyPartner, Simon Kucher & Partners
Jason is a Partner at Simon-Kucher based in Sydney. He currently works with clients in Australia, New Zealand, and across the broader APAC region.
Jason generates client growth by developing new go-to-market strategies, transforming commercial models, and establishing smart pricing and sales management strategies. Jason supports clients across industries in both the B2B space (including agriculture, construction, chemicals, services, and technology) and B2C space (including consumer goods and tourism).
Jason holds a master’s degree in engineering design from the University of Bristol, UK. Prior to joining Simon-Kucher & Partners, Jason worked in the oil and gas and corporate finance sectors.
Leanne Cartwright-BradfordVice President & Head of Audible Australia and New Zealand, Audible, Inc
Leanne Cartwright-Bradford leads the Australia and New Zealand team for Audible.com.au. In her role, Leanne is responsible for developing Audible’s business across ANZ, inspiring a dynamic team to drive expansion of Audible, developing best-in-class spoken word entertainment, and coordinating closely with global teams to ensure flawless execution of the Australian operations. Leanne is a passionate and highly skilled marketer, with extensive experience within the entertainment and technology industries. Prior to Audible, Leanne has held senior marketing roles within Amazon’s Appstore, Samsung and Twentieth Century Fox.
Andrea DixonMarketing Director APACDocusign
Iman GhodosiVP & GM – Asia PacificZuora
Roz GregoryHead of Customer Success and Digital Transformation – Asia Pacific, Japan, Vmware Tanzu
With over 2 decades in enterprise software across Asia and Europe, Roz built the Microsoft LAR business at TSG Australia (later acquired by Data3), then went on to lead strategic alliances at Telstra and Broadvision (Europe).
She then moved into technology transformation running programs for global enterprises such as British American Tobacco and ASX100-listed UGL before taking an executive role in workforce engagement at UGL, whilst juggling children (3 under 5) and founding and Chairing the Rainy Day Foundation (drought relief charity aligned with the DPI and Salvation Army).
Currently leading the Customer Success and Transformation team at Pivotal, she is helping Asia's largest organisations transform the way they build and run software and remains busy learning from her customers (and family!)
Joel HauerFounder and CEO, Whisky Loot
Joel Hauer is an entrepreneur, whisky lover, digital nomad and is recognized for democratizing whisky and creating the ultimate gift for that guy who’s too hard to buy for; Whisky Loot. Joel has been awarded a number of prizes and honours including a shortlist for Cannes Lion, a Silver Spike award and countless mentions in publications like GQ, Boss Hunting, The Australian and Man of Many. Joel’s experience spans real estate; launching one of Sydney’s first coworking spaces, through to digital growth consulting with his digital agency WAV, and marketplace technology with Hey Agents. Joel’s latest venture Whisky Loot which explores the opportunity for growth in the intersection of eCommerce, subscription, double-sided marketplaces and of course Whisky.
Michael HigginsManaging Director & Co-Founder, Blinker Car Subscription
Michael Higgins has extensive experience in the automotive industry, having previously held roles both with Subaru Australia in dealership management and strategy, and with Inchcape, the largest dealership group globally, in its retail business.
Prior to these roles, Michael worked in franchising at Mortgage Choice. He has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney.
Recognising digital technology has the potential to change business for the better, Michael created a new model with elder brother Paul to fundamentally change the way used cars are bought and sold in Australia, focusing on a better customer experience, greater convenience and transparency.
When he’s not launching new businesses, Michael enjoys motorsports, racing cars himself as well as boating.
Adam KingChief Data & Audience, Commercial Operations Officer, Kayo Sports
Adam King is the Chief Data & Audience, Commercial Operations Officer for Kayo Sports. Kayo Sports is a ground-breaking multi-sport streaming service for the digital generation that launched in November 2018. With game changing features and data driven personalisation, Kayo puts its customers in control by bringing them closer to the sports they love with an experience tailored for them. Prior to Kayo, Adam lead News Corps’ global approach to Data Commercialisation launching two significant initiatives, News Connect in Australia and News IQ in the US. These publisher first products aligned content driven data signals, offline purchase behaviours and machine learning to deliver higher performing targeted audiences for advertisers.
Amy KonaryVP Customer Business Innovation and Chair of The Subscribed Institute, Zuora
Amy Konary has more than 20 years of experience advising companies on subscription business strategies. She is the founder and chair of the Subscribed Institute, a think tank for the subscription economy. Through the Subscribed Institute, Amy brings together a community of business executives, thought leaders, and industry experts at a series of Executive Summits and events, and generates research and industry benchmarks on subscription transformation topics. Amy also advises Zuora customers on subscription business strategy development, execution, and maturity.
Kuo LumpurSenior Manager – Global Performance MarketingCanva
Nicole McInnesDirector – Marketing and Commercial – ANZ, WW (formerly Weight Watchers)
As creative as she is data-geek, Nicole is a unique marketing leader, bringing a deep passion for technology and human behaviour to every customer interaction. With 20+ years of marketing and advertising experience, she has lead brands such as Dell, Pandora, eharmony and Woolworths towards transformative growth and financial success. Now Director of Marketing and Commercial at WW ANZ (formerly weight watchers), Nicole is tasked with amplifying the WW vision "To inspire healthy habits for life" and grow the global brand locally to ensure more Aussies and Kiwis are reaping the benefits of the wellness and healthy habits the WW experience brings.
Lewis MitchellPartnerships Lead – ANZ, Twitch
Lewis Mitchell is the Partnerships Lead for Australia and New Zealand at Twitch where he oversees the on-boarding and management of content creators in the region. Prior to Twitch, Lewis was the Product Specialist at Spiral Media, now known as SHOWDOWN, managing distribution of Twitch media in the Asia Pacific region. Before that, Lewis was the Ad Product Executive at Nine Entertainment. Lewis is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
Lauren MoloneyGeneral Manager, Growth & Customer Commercialisation SMB, News Xtend
Lauren is a founding member of News Corp Australia’s digital marketing agency News Xtend, and General Manager of Growth & Customer Commercialisation for the SMB division of News Corp Australia.
As the boss of ‘cool new stuff’, Lauren ensures an agile, innovative and market leading approach to product, marketing and customer channels.
Lauren has extensive experience in marketing, having worked with both national corporate clients as well as SMB’s across Australia in her 10+ years experience.
Lauren was awarded the 2018 Hegarty Award and Scholarship for Best Young Executive at the 2018 News Media Awards. Lauren is the first recipient from a commercial background to win a Hegarty Award.
Chris NooneChief Executive Officer, Carly Car Subscription
Chris Noone is the CEO of Collaborate Corporation (ASX:CL8), Australia’s leading listed company focused on ‘sharing economy’ business models with a strong focus on mobility solutions.
Under Chris’ leadership, Collaborate has recently launched Australia’s leading car subscription service Carly. He has forged commercial partnerships with leading automotive companies including SG Fleet, Hyundai, Uber, Turners Automotive, LSH, RACV, Subaru, Peugeot, Orix and InterLeasing.
Chris has previously held senior roles in Europe and Australia, spearheading digital innovation for the likes of Vodafone, Hasbro and Microsoft, and has nurtured numerous online startups. Now, in his latest venture, Chris is carving out a niche in the developing car subscription industry and is a true pioneer in assisting automotive manufacturers and dealers transition to a world where consumers want to access cars, instead of buying them.
Carly is Australia’s first flexible car subscription service. A Carly subscription opens up car access and gives subscribers the freedom to choose a car to suit their lifestyle without the traditional burdens of car ownership like long-term finance, insurance, depreciation and maintenance. A monthly subscription starts at $115 per week and includes insurance, registration, maintenance and roadside assistance. Carly allows users to switch to a different car if their needs change. Carly provides Australians with true flexibility and have a car that matches their lifestyle.
Phil PomfordGeneral Manager, Global Enterprise eCommerce – Asia Pacific, WorldPay
Phil leads the Worldpay Global eCommerce team across Asia Pacific which operates from four offices in Singapore, Australia, Japan and China, as General Manager. Phil has over 16 years of experience in financial services in payments, acquiring and credit card issuing with companies including Citi, Diners Club, American Express and Worldpay. Having lived in Asia for 21 years, he has held diverse management roles across Asia Pacific and developed key strengths in customer development, strategy, financial planning, and new market entry. He has a degree in Accounting and Law and a MBA from Manchester Business School.
Karl SiceCountry Business Leader – ANZ, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
Karl Sice is Country Business Leader for ANZ at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, the multi-national network solutions corporation. He has 30 years’ experience in leadership and business development in IT and financial services, with roles in industry powerhouses Dell, Sun Microsystems, Staples, Gartner and American Express.
Karl’s career achievements have been recognised through:
- ARN Hall of Fame - 2017
- ARN Women in ICT Awards - Judge 2014 - 2019
- Australian Institute of Management - Manager of the Year Finalist 2015
- ARN ICT Industry Awards - Best Partner Performance Initiative 2016
Karl is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and an active participant in the Member Exchange mentoring program. He is a guest lecturer for the MBA programs at Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney, and mentors post graduate students.
Karl supports the charity Vinnies Australia, with advice and active fundraising participation.
Jonathan SlatteryProject Manager, Conx
Born and bred in Dublin Ireland I came through the ranks of UCD getting my Masters Degree in International Relations. I then went into event management creating Ireland's first scare attraction as well as running corporate hospitality for some of Ireland's premier sporting events with The Hospitality Partnership. I did a couple of years in Indeed selling into national accounts before I chucked it all in for the good life of startups.
I moved to Australia in 2017 to head up the Business Development effort at ConX, a construction technology company offering a suite of affordable and easy to use tools that help SME construction contractors to quote on jobs, win work and hire a team around them. We launched our subscription model in March 2019 and at the time of writing have 2,000+ active users on various plans.
Melissa TantchevCo-Founder and Director, Bookabuy and Puzzle Post
Melissa Tantchev is the co-founder and director of two small businesses offering unique, personalised and fun subscription services - Bookabuy for book lovers, and Puzzle Post for puzzle lovers. Melissa’s background includes studies in law and education and working in the public service in training and facilitation roles.
Jay WhitmoreEnterprise Sales Manager, Bambora
Jay Whitmore has over 15 years of payments experience in both the online and instore payment space. His experience in setting up some of Australias biggest government and commercial payments programs within subscription payments has seen him work with some of the top payments leaders in the industry.
Tristan WrightChief Business SherpaEvolve to Grow