Board of Directors

Kurt Johnson

Kurt Johnson

Independent Chairman and Non-Executive Director

  • Kurt joined the Board as an independent board member in 2010 and was appointed Chairman in 2019.
  • Kurt has over 24 years of professional management experience, including public and private company leadership across a range of internet and technology-based companies, and is now an active angel investor.
  • Kurt’s previous roles include CEO of Fastclick (NASDAQ: FSTC, acquired by ValueClick), CFO of ValueClick/Conversant (NASDAQ: VCLK, acquired by Alliance Data Systems), Founding Investor & Board Member of true[X] media (acquired by 21st Century Fox), and Investor & Advisor to ShopNation (acquired by Meredith Corporation).
  • Earlier in Kurt’s career he was an investment banker with Olympic Capital Partners, providing merger & acquisition and financial advisory services for middle-market companies in the telecommunications, media and technology industries. Additionally he held corporate finance positions with companies ranging from early-stage to Fortune 1000.
  • Kurt holds a BA from Eastern Washington University, and an MBA from Gonzaga University.

Sam Chandler

Sam Chandler

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

  • Sam co-founded Nitro in May 2005 and currently serves as the CEO and as a Director.
  • Sam is an experienced entrepreneur, starting his first company at 16 years old while still in high school.
  • Since then, Sam has started two more companies, sat on the board of the Australian Communities Foundation, and is currently an Investor and Mentor in Startmate, a leading Australian tech accelerator.
  • Sam has over 20 years of global technology leadership experience, including 11 years living and working in Silicon Valley, and was named Ernst & Young’s Australian Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.
  • Since founding Nitro, Sam has been on a permanent leave of absence from Melbourne’s RMIT University where he studied business.

Richard Wenzel

Richard Wenzel

Executive Director and Senior Vice President, Tax and Treasury

  • Richard co-founded Nitro in 2005, and has been a Director since then. He also sits on the boards of Nitro’s US and EMEA entities.
  • Richard is a pragmatic entrepreneur who founded his first software company (ARTS PDF) in 1998 after a career in investment banking. ARTS PDF was a leading developer of PDF plugins and an instrumental grounding in the path to founding Nitro.
  • Richard also co-founded Planet PDF, a global resource for PDF technologists and users and A-Frame, an e-learning software solution that was divested and subsequently sold to Salmat Ltd (ASX:SLM)
  • Richard has 21 years of experience in document productivity and has previously held a number of roles including CFO, Treasurer, Company Secretary and VP, Strategic Operations.
  • Richard is currently the Senior Vice President of Tax and Treasury and is now primarily responsible for key treasury functions and tax compliance. He also serves as the primary internal legal advisor.
  • Richard has 5 years of experience in the financial industry, having previously worked as an advisor at Challenger Group, as well as having been a trader in the treasury department for the Italian office of Bankers Trust.
  • Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne

Andrew Barlow

Andrew Barlow

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Andrew led the Seed investment round in the Company in late 2006, and joined the Nitro Board in early 2007.
  • Andrew is an experienced technology entrepreneur and venture investor, with more than 25 years private company board and operational experience, and 12 years public company board experience.
  • Andrew is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Adslot Ltd (ASX:ADJ) - a leading provider of automated digital media trading platforms listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
  • Andrew was also a Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Hitwise, Inc. – a global data analytics company specialising in online competitive intelligence which sold to Experian Plc (LSX:EXPN) in 2007.
  • Andrew was also a Founder and CEO of Max Super, an Australian online retail superannuation fund sold to Orchard Funds Management in 2007.
  • Andrew has a wealth of capital raising, corporate governance and M&A experience on both the sell-side and buy-side, and is a passionate entrepreneur, mentor and investor, with an operational focus on people and product.

John Dyson

John Dyson

Non-Executive Director

  • John joined the Nitro Board in 2018 representing Starfish Ventures, the manager of Starfish Technology Fund II, LP, a major shareholder in the Company.
  • John is currently a Director of Aktana, Atmail, Audinate Group Ltd, DesignCrowd, Echoview, and Hearables 3D.
  • John has over 24 years of experience working in the venture capital industry, investing in and supporting companies in the technology sector.
  • John co-founded Starfish Ventures in 2001, and prior to that was General Manager (Australia) of JAFCO Asia for six years. Additionally, he was a Director of the Australian Venture Capital Association including being Chairman and Deputy Chairman.
  • Prior to that he had over 9 years of experience in the investment banking and stockbroking industries.
  • John holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, a MBA from RMIT University, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Non-Executive Director

  • Michael joined the Board in 2014 on behalf of Battery Ventures after their participation in the Series B fundraising.
  • Since joining Battery Ventures in 1998, Michael has made, or managed, multiple investments spanning the enterprise software, financial-services and technology-enabled business-services markets.
  • Currently, Michael serves on the boards of AuditBoard, CarNow, Diametric Capital, Istra Research, J. Hilburn, Joor, KeyMe, MX, Newforma, Quinyx, RiskIQ, ServiceTitan, Vidyard, VNDLY and Xenex; he is also a board observer at Mews.
  • Michael was previously involved with Battery’s investments in Bluestem Brands (acquired Capmark Financial Group); Bonfire (merged into GTY Technology, NASDAQ: GTYH); ChemConnect (acquired by InterContinental Exchange); ExactTarget (NYSE: ET, acquired by Salesforce.com), IDI Direct Insurance (TASE: IDIN); JAMF (acquired by Vista Equity Partners); The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange, or LIFFE (acquired by Euronext); Mendix (acquired by Siemens); MRU Holdings (NASDAQ: UNCL); Neolane (acquired by Adobe); OutlookSoft Corporation (acquired by SAP); Panjiva (acquired by S&P); Q2 Holdings, or Q2ebanking (NYSE: QTWO); and TradeKing (acquired by Ally Financial).
  • From 1996 to 1998, Michael was a member of the high-technology group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked on debt and equity financings as well as mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he was a financial analyst within Goldman’s financial-institutions group. There he focused on mergers and acquisitions within asset management, insurance, specialty finance and retail/mortgage banking.
  • Michael graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a dual BS in finance and international business. He is currently on the board of the National Venture Capital Association.

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Sarah is an experienced public and private company director, particularly in an audit and risk capacity. She currently serves as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee of ASX listed Whispir, Hansen Technologies, and Adslot and serves as a Non-Executive Director of Future Generation Global Investment Company. She is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee of Intrepid Group.
  • Prior to becoming a company director Sarah spent over 15 years as an executive director of independent corporate advisory firm Grant Samuel, specialising in merger and acquisitions, public and private capital raisings and other forms of corporate financial advice.
  • Sarah holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lisa Hennessy

Lisa Hennessy

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Lisa is a highly experienced executive and company director with over 30 years of experience worldwide.
  • Lisa currently sits on the board of Planet Innovation, FirstStep Investments, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Commercialisation Committee, and Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation and is also currently the President of the Harvard Club of Victoria.
  • Lisa was previously on the board of Murray River Organics (ASX:MRG) where she chaired the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. Prior to this, Lisa spent over a decade in strategy and M&A roles in the US, including Director of Strategy and M&A for Del Monte Foods, Director at GE Capital, and was also a Consultant at Bain & Company.
  • Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.