Board

Rod Olsen

Rod Olsen

Chairman of the board

Rod is an experienced director with a global business background across a wide range of industry sectors. His business career includes 22 years with Cable and Wireless PLC, serving as CEO and CFO, Rod has been a Director of numerous Cable and Wireless subsidiaries, including Cable and Wireless PLC in the UK, Cable and Wireless Hong Kong Telecom and Cable and Wireless Optus in Australia.

Rod has previously served as a Director of Standard Chartered Bank PLC, Chairman of the Board of Telemedia, Director and Advisor to the Board of Singapore Power Telecom, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Moore Clayton Corp, and non-executive Director of Astec BSR PLC (now a subsidiary of Emerson Electric).

Chris de Boer

Chris de Boer

Non-Executive Director

Chris has extensive experience in investment banking, takeover regulation, private equity, venture capital and consulting in London, Hong Kong and Australasia.

Chris has been an adviser to Cable & Wireless plc, a Director of Optus Communications, Chairman of the Hong Kong Takeovers Panel, Advisor to the Securities & Futures Commission in Hong Kong, and Chairman of New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, Chairman of Phitek Systems Ltd and Chairman of Sonar6 Ltd.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Chris is the founder and CEO of Youtap. Chris has substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising activity, including the IPO of Telemedia Limited. Chris has been the CEO of Argent Networks a developer and marketer of billing and value added services (VAS) solutions.

Chris has previously served on the boards of Phitek Ltd, Pioneer Capital Ltd, Invest Wales, and as an advisor to ICE House and the University of Auckland. Chris is also the Government of Botswana’s Honorary Consul General to New Zealand and Chairman of the New Zealand Africa Business Council.

Mark Backhaus

Mark Backhaus

Non-Executive Director

Mark has extensive experience in the food & beverage industry in the United States and the Asia Pacific region. Mark is the former co-owner and Director of Development of Burger King New Zealand (TPF Restaurants Ltd). Mark brings substantial management, marketing and business development skills to Youtap, with a significant international background.

Mark has founded and managed many successful enterprises in the food & beverage, sports / fitness, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.