"Kerry was a founder, CEO and then Chairman of E*Trade Australia until ANZ Banking Group acquired the business in 2007. Kerry spent 10 years as an Executive Director of the Hong Kong Bank of Australia Group (now HSBC Australia) including five years as Managing Director of the corporate finance subsidiary and Executive Chairman of the stockbroker, James Capel Australia. Kerry is also Chairman of the Eclipx Group and of Tasman Cargo Airlines, the Deputy Chairman of Marshall investments and a Non-Executive Director of Ramsay Health Care and of the Medical Indemnity Protection Society Group."
Kerry was a founder, CEO and then Chairman of E*Trade Australia until ANZ Banking Group acquired the business in 2007. Kerry spent 10 years as an Executive Director of the Hong Kong Bank of Australia Group including five years as Managing Director of the corporate finance subsidiary. Kerry is Chairman of the Charter Hall Group, eircom Holdings and Tasman Cargo Airlines and Non-Executive Director of Ramsay Health Care, Medical Indemnity Protection Society Group, the LawCover Group and Professional Insurance Australia.
“Tyro is a new kind of company with a uniquely attractive culture, it’s a technology company that happens to be a bank, not the other way around. I am excited about the opportunity to lead Tyro as we continue to build Australia’s newest bank”
Gerd is one of Australia's most experienced fintech-leaders with more than 17 years' experience in banking and technology based businesses.
Following the raising of around $100m in new growth equity capital from Tiger Global Management (a $9b hedge fund based in New York), TDM Asset Management (an Australian investment firm) and Mike Cannon-Brookes (co-founder of Atlassian) Gerd was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tyro.
Gerd is the founder of both, UBank (Australia's largest home-grown digital bank with around $20b customer balances) and Telstra Digital (Telstra's digital division with over 500m customer contacts p.a.). Prior, Gerd worked at BankWest, Citigroup and National Australia Bank in a variety of executive roles. He started his career as a Management Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group where he worked in Sydney, Los Angeles and New York.
Gerd has a Master degree in Engineering (Robotics) from the University of Stuttgart and spent time as a visiting scholar at Northwesten University in Evanston/ Chicago and University of Sydney. Gerd also has an MBA from the Columbia Business School in New York.
“I believe in Tyro’s cause, it’s people and its culture… an agile and innovative challenger in the dynamic electronic payments sector, I’m excited to be a part of Tyro’s journey.”
Praveenesh is a qualified CPA and a member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute and has over 15 years of professional experience. Praveenesh was appointed CFO of Tyro in October 2014, with full responsibilities for the company’s Finance function, including credit risk and recoveries. Having started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Fiji, Praveenesh has had extensive managerial experiences in the Property and Financial Services sectors as well as managing large integration and strategic finance related projects.
"I love to drive change, bring new things to life. I believe passionately in the need for a new player in the banking space - delivering cloud-based, integrated and frictionless banking to Australia’s SMEs. Tyro and Australia’s SMEs are a true cause."
Jost founded and grew the German system and network integrator, CompuNet into a US$1B company. In 1996 he sold it to GE Capital US and led the integration and expansion of GE Capital IT Solutions across Europe. In 1998, as Federal Shadow Minister of Economy and Technology, Jost ran his successful election campaign making a significant contribution to the landslide victory of Gerhard Schröder to the Chancellorship of Germany. Then Jost commissioned an award winning 40m high performance racer-cruiser and sailed around the globe before settling in Sydney in 2004 when he joined Tyro as CEO, Executive Director and largest shareholder. Under his leadership Tyro grew to 330 staff, generated $10B in transactions, got a full banking licence and raised $100M in funds. As a full-time executive director, member of the Board and largest Tyro shareholder, Jost will continue to raise Tyro’s profile in Australia and to play a significant role in defining Tyro’s strategic direction.
Michael Cannon-Brookes is Co-Founder and CEO of Atlassian, an innovative, award-winning enterprise software company. Based in Australia, Atlassian currently has over 50,000 enterprise customers around the globe and has been named one of the "Fastest Growing Companies" by both Deloitte and BRW Magazine. Michael was named Australian IT Professional of the Year in 2004, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2009. Outside Atlassian, Michael is an active investor and advisor to technology-focused ventures.
"I invested in Tyro because they're taking on the banking oligopoly in one of its most vulnerable areas - the payments system. Having succeeded in this area in the past, I could see a new entrant like Tyro had the ability to remedy the big banks ‘sticking plaster’ approach and offer merchants genuine benefits and customers a superior payment experience."
Rob is Chairman of IMF Australia, Deputy Chairman of The Sydney Institute, a Director of the Lowy Institute and the Sydney Writers' Festival. He became a Director of Tyro on 17 November 2005 and Chairman of the Board of Directors on 21 September 2006. Rob began his career as a research analyst for a Sydney stockbroker. He became Managing Director of Bankers Trust Australia in 1985. Delivering higher investment performance, he and his team made BT Funds Management the leader in retail mutual funds. Rob eventually became Chairman of BT Funds Management.
“I found everything about Tyro exciting, the concept and technology, the people involved, the potential of a new form of banking that talks directly to their customers.”
Catherine Harris is the Chair of Australia’s largest independent produce retailer, Harris Farm Markets Pty Ltd. She is on the Board of The Australian Rugby League Commission, The Australian Ballet, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, The Australian School of Business UNSW and Governor of The University of Notre Dame. Previous roles have included Trustee of the SCG, Deputy Chancellor UNSW, Director of Affirmative Action and on the Board of the Australian Defence Force Academy, The National Gallery of Australia, The MCA, and the Australia Japan Foundation.
Catherine is an Officer in the Order of Australia and was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal, The Centenary Medal and has an Honorary Doctorate in Business from UNSW. Catherine and her husband David’s passion is horse riding on their farm in the Blue Mountains. They have five sons and seven grandchildren.
"Tyro is well positioned to leverage its technology to deliver 'best in class' payments processing facilities to merchants across Australia."
Paul has over 26 years experience as a senior executive in financial services, including almost 20 years with the CBA where he was Executive General Manager Payments & Business Technology and CIO for Premium Business Services. Paul was the founding Managing Director of CommSec, which he led from 1994 to 2002. He later became Chairman until 2009, as well being a Director of numerous other bank subsidiaries. In 2005 he was awarded Australian "Stockbroker of the Year". Paul brings outstanding commercial acumen and strategic skills closely aligned to the Tyro business model.
"We try to walk the talk. Our people are constantly improving architecture and methods to respond ever faster to merchants' evolving needs. While other players take months to roll out new features, our agile approach means we can do the same and better in weeks."
Peter is one of the founders of Tyro. His passion is pushing the art of engineering and software development. Peter has run his own application development business, deploying a property management system into over half of the real estate agents in Australia. He was R&D manager and Chief Technology Officer for Netlink and Metaplex which was subsequently bought by Cisco. Peter has broad business and user experience having worked for SBU Insurance, Qantas Airways and University Co-operative Bookshop Limited.
"At Tyro, we drive out cost of the payment system and build value added products for our merchants, allowing them to improve profitability. When merchants think card acquiring, I want them to think only of Tyro. We represent the best in fair pricing, knowledge, transparency,and service. I started Tyro to be challenged, have fun and bring cool ideas to life."
Andrew co-founded Tyro Payments with the belief that novel thinking and approaches to payment systems development would benefit merchants around Australia. During Tyro's early years, he designed and developed a number of the core transaction processing systems on which Tyro's business operates. Currently he works in the areas of business development and direct sales. He has worked in London, Boston, San Francisco and Sydney, holding senior engineering and management roles for companies such as Cisco Systems, Digital Fountain and Prime Computer, Inc.
"Working with Tyro constantly provides challenges for the Customer Support to meet the needs of the customers. This creates an exciting and ever changing environment that promotes quick change and a 'think outside the box' attitude."
David has worked in customer service for most of his career. He started out with Ansett Airlines and then spent many years with Qantas before moving into the IT sector. David ran the Asia Pacific Global Contact Centre for Cisco Systems before taking over management of the Cisco outsourced engineering teams located in Australia and the Philippines. Prior to moving to Tyro, David ran the support organisation for IPFX, an integrated communications company with offices in Australia, NZ, UK and USA.
"Everyone wants to know that their work matters; that they are contributing to something meaningful. At Tyro, we have an incredibly talented and dedicated team that is committed to delivering innovative products and services that make it easier for people to run their businesses. We're lucky enough to be able to see our work used every day in the real world, and it makes us proud to know that what we do actually makes a difference."
Geoff started his career as a technology consultant with Accenture in 2000. During his time there, he worked on a diverse range of projects with a number of large financial institutions and government departments. He joined the Tyro team in 2006 and has spent most of his time working in and around its real-time transaction acquiring systems, leading many projects relating to point-of-sale integrations, interchange links and terminal capabilities. Geoff is a keen proponent of agile development methods, and a firm believer in continuous learning and improvement. When he is not working on Tyro's systems, he can often be found cruising Sydney's technical meetups.
"Delivering secure, non-stop financial services is no small feat. We strive to make our services simple and worry-free for our customers. That's only possible with the kind of talented and driven people with fresh ideas working at Tyro."
Sascha has extensive experience in security testing, risk assessment, operations, consulting and implementation of management frameworks. His career began as a security and software engineer in Switzerland where he became head of the system security team at Cablecom. After he relocated to Australia, he joined Ernst & Young’s Technology and Security Risk Services team. Sascha joined Tyro in 2008. As VP Operations, he oversees the operations team who mainly look after Tyro's IT infrastructure and security.
"Using cutting edge technology to build a product that is bringing about enormous change in an industry firmly entrenched in the past is every technologist's dream. I've been with Tyro since 2004 and everyday I get to work with some of the brightest techies and business people in the industry."
Matt has been working as a software engineer since 1998. He has a broad range of experience ranging from large telecommunications and network management systems to web development and legacy integration systems, for companies as diverse as Telstra, Alcatel, AMP, Sony, Fuji Xerox and The Sydney Festival. Matt has been with Tyro since 2004 and is currently Engineering Manager responsible for the Development and QA teams.
Justin MitchellChief Risk Officer and Company Secretary
“The strength of Tyro is in its people and culture. There is no time lag between great ideas and taking action.”
Justin is the Chief Risk Officer at Tyro. Justin is responsible for coordinating and maintaining the overall risk management framework and approach. Justin’s main priority is to ensure that Tyro is in full compliance with applicable regulations for our partners and stakeholders. Justin has worked in the financial services and banking industry for more than fifteen years and has established internal audit functions, developed risk frameworks, implemented internal compliance control methods, developed and delivered enterprise wide risk training and managed large financial services projects.
"I love the fact that Tyro always challenges the status quo which means I am continuously learning and growing as an individual."
Michelle is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor. She has broad experience in the financial services industry within the UK, South Africa and Europe. Before joining the Tyro team Michelle was a Senior Audit Manager at PwC, and prior to moving to Australia was an IT Audit Manager at Barclays Bank Plc in London. Michelle is responsible for providing independent assurance to the Board of Directors regarding the regulatory and control environment within Tyro.
"At Tyro our team are always out talking with customers, discovering ways technology can make payment and banking solutions effective and invisible. We are constantly innovating and delivering solutions in an agile, iterative fashion."
Paul is a fast-paced, lean-thinking, commercially-focused product and technology manager with 30 years’ experience in large and small technology companies. Prior to joining Tyro Paul was SVP of Product and Engineering at Australian start-up Nearmap.
"Making a difference" is my life's motto and very much fits with Tyro's vision of making a difference for small and medium businesses. To be able to do so with such a "smart" and "customer focused" team is both inspiring and fulfilling.
Fiona started her professional career as political analyst and then advertising account executive in Athens Greece. From 1984 on, she built CompuNet, a German start-up and fast growth company, into an iconic brand. After the sale to GE, Fiona became responsible for the new Corporate Image, Design and Communications for the European operations of GE IT Solutions. Then she designed an award winning 40m high performance racer-cruiser and sailed around the globe before settling in Sydney in 2004.