Thursday, 09 June 2016 17:11

NZ’s Vend confirms Alex Fala as CEO

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Alex Fala, Vend CEO Alex Fala, Vend CEO

New Zealand cloud-based point-of-sale and retail management software provider, Vend, has confirmed the appointment of acting chief executive, Alex Fala, as permanent CEO.

Fala, a former VP strategy and CFO at Vend, joined the company after stints with some of New Zealand’s top companies, including as an executive member at Trade Me, Les Mills International, and Orion Health.

Prior to that he was a management consultant at McKinsey and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, only the second person of Pacific Island ancestry to receive the scholarship.

Fala has been acting chief executive since Vend founder Vaughan Rowsell stepped aside from the position in February to focus on his role as chief product officer.

Rowsell said Fala brings a breadth of experience from his consulting days with “iconic Kiwi growth companies, allowing me to make the move to concentrate on the product”.

"A few months in and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. We conducted a global search and recruitment drive but it quickly became clear that Alex was the right person to take the helm for our next phase.”

Fala said Vend had an opportunity to be a “global leader in our category and one of the great businesses coming out of New Zealand. We’re so well placed with the right team, product and partners. It’s been incredible to be part of the Vend journey so far and I’m raring to go in my new role”.

“It’s such an exciting time for Vend. We are still in the early days of a transformation in retail, enabled by the cloud. With Vend adding high-profile customers such as Jurlique and partnering with the likes of Apple and Xero we’ve never been better placed to drive that trend. The team here are looking forward to changing the lives of thousands more retailers around the world.”

Fala’s appointment is the latest in a series of appointments to Vend’s executive team and board to further prepare the company for the next stages of international growth.

Recent appointments include Darryl Robinson (CFO) and Pene Barton (chief people officer) to Vend’s executive team following time at NZ-based cloud accounting software vendor Xero, and Ben Gracewood promoted from within to chief delivery officer. Sam Morgan was also appointed to the board with Barry Brott also becoming chairman.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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