BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Shein (Non-Executive Chairman)
In June 1987, David, having recently migrated from South Africa, founded Com Tech Communications as a specialist supplier of networking and communications products. 14 years later, Com Tech was sold to Dimension Data at an enterprise value of over $1billion. At the time of sale, Com Tech employed over 1,400 people, had offices Australia wide and achieved revenues of $700 million with no external debt. David prides himself on the recognition Com Tech achieved being regularly recognised as one of the leading companies to work for in Australia. Since then, David has been actively involved in mentoring young management teams.
David firmly believes while products and technologies come and go, what remains constant is the requirement for any company to build a company that is fanatical about providing legendary customer service and creating an environment that enables an organisation to attract and retain the best team of people. David has been an investor and mentor to a number of start-ups, many of which have been successfully exited. These include Zipmoney, CalReply, Latam Autos, RangeMe, Pocketbook, Centric Wealth, MacromatiX and Holly Connects. David is also Co-Founder of Our Innovation Fund, a $50million early stage venture capital fund that invests in exciting Australian startups as well as a founding partner in the Israeli venture capital enterprise, OurCrowd, the first Global Equity Based Crowd Funding Platform.
Joey Fridman (Non-Executive Director)
Joey is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Monash Private Capital Pty Limited, a Sydney-based independent financial services firm investing across various asset classes as principal and through its managed funds. Joey is a director of various Monash related companies, including Maia Financial and Credabl. Prior to establishing Monash Private Capital, Joey was Chief Financial Officer of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, and prior to his role as CFO, Joey was one of the founding members of the Bank’s investment banking division. Joey is a Chartered Accountant and has an M.B.A. from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Karen Bell (Non-Executive Director)
Karen has worked in the financial markets for over 30 years. In January 2021 she took on the role of Chief Operating Officer for Privatus Capital Partners and since May 2017, she has been the Executive Chairperson of Bell Partners. Prior to these roles, Karen spent 20 years at Deutsche Bank across a number of areas including the Business, Technology, Operations, Real Estate, Physical Security and Procurement. Before Deutsche Bank Karen was at KPMG for 5 years in their Banking and Finance division. She also worked at Security Pacific Investment Bank for 2 years in their Financial Markets Group. Karen is highly experienced in managing large diverse teams and regulatory environments. Her roles included local, regional and global responsibilities whilst based in Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Amsterdam.
Karen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of New South Wales and is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Securities Institute of Australia. She has also been actively involved in various industry groups to promote efficiencies in global financial markets and in forums and conferences to promote diversity in the business community. Karen is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders Forum, established by the World Economic Forum. She is also involved in an education based charity in Cambodia. She is married with three children.
Joe D'Addio (Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer)
Joe was a co-founder and Director of Tech Effect. Joe has over 35 years’ experience in the IT industry, with a particular focus on areas of professional services, system and network engineering and technology consulting. Over the last 20 years, he has held a number of key management and director positions, building and leading businesses in the IT industry, specifically with Com Tech Communications and Dimension Data.
Scott McPherson (Non-Executive Director)
Scott was a co-founder and Director of Tech Effect. Since forming the company in 2005, Tech Effect grew from providing Infrastructure related Integration Services, to offering Consulting and Managed Services to assist their clients to overcome both business and technical ICT related challenges.
Scott previously held the position of Solutions Director drawing upon more than two and a half decades of industry experience where he has worked for iconic market leaders Com Tech Communications and Dimension Data. During this time, Scott has honed his engineering, management and people skills to create a customer-centric organisation that develops solutions that solve real business problems. These traits contributed to building Tech Effect into the successful, highly respected organisation. As the business grew, Scott’s responsibilities evolved to focus on managing the Integration Services Practice, along with setting the vision and go to market strategy for the ‘Cloud World’. Scott’s technology career started at Queensland University of Technology where he studied for his Bachelor of Business degree in Information Management.
More recently, Scott took on the position of Chief Operating Officer within MOQdigital, working with the CEO to ensure that efficient operations of the business. Scott’s experience has been tapped to help ensure that the business is in a position of predictability, scalability and profitability, while making sure of the quality of the services delivered.
Alex White (Non-Executive Director)
Alex is an experienced investment manager, having undertaken a number of roles across financial markets prior to joining Viburnum Funds in 2014 to open a Melbourne office and establish an Australian Equities strategy. Prior to joining Viburnum Funds Alex worked at Cooper Investors and as a Strategy Analyst at Fletcher Building (ASX:FBU).