Senior Executives

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.

Kurt Johnson

Kurt Johnson

Executive Chairman & Acting CFO

  • 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.

Gina O’Reilly

Gina O’Reilly

Chief Operating Officer

  • Gina joined Nitro in 2009, initially as a Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and is currently the Company’s Chief Operating Officer.
  • Gina has global responsibility for the marketing, business and people operations functions, including employee experience and talent.
  • Gina has over 20 years of software industry experience, having previously held the roles of Director of Sales & Marketing at activePDF, as well as International Relations & Marketing Manager at Software Technology Resources.
  • Gina holds a BA in International Marketing and Languages (French / Spanish) from Dublin City University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Phoenix.

Mark Flanagan

Mark Flanagan

SVP, Global Sales

  • Mark joined Nitro in January 2020 as Vice President EMEA, and now serves as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, where he oversees all of Nitro’s global Sales, Customer and Revenue Operations. Mark is an accomplished executive with a proven track record of driving high performance and business transformation through focused execution, often in challenging and highly competitive market segments.
  • Prior to Nitro, Mark was a member of Marketo’s senior leadership team in EMEA responsible for accelerated growth across the region. He also served as Executive Vice President at Vistatec, a global professional services organization, where he headed up global sales, marketing & strategy. Mark has also held number of senior sales and marketing leadership positions in organisations such as PFH, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) & Hewlett Packard.
  • Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Marketing major) and a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Marketing Practice from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

David O'Donoghue

David O'Donoghue

Vice President, Engineering

  • David joined Nitro in 2018 in the role of VP of Engineering.
  • David is responsible for overseeing the global engineering team across Dublin and San Francisco, as well as all Nitro products.
  • David has over 30 years of extensive experience developing, coaching, and leading software engineering organisations.
  • David was previously the Head of Engineering at Zalando Ireland, Head of Software Development at Full Tilt Poker, Senior Development Manager at Oracle and Head of R&D at Performix Technologies.
  • David recently completed a Master of Science (First Class Honours) in Work & Organisational Behaviour from Dublin City University.