Meet The Team

Meet the Team

Ian Mirels CA

CEO & Co-Founder

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Ian completed his degree while working at Ernst & Young in their Corporate Audit division and Entrepreneurial Services division. During his 7 year tenure with E&Y he specialised in IT industry clients, which included a secondment to the Ernst & Young USA (Atlanta Office). Ian was responsible for all aspects of the audit process ensuring clients systems and internal controls where sufficiently developed to protect the companys stakeholders. His clients included Packard Bell, SAS Institute Australia, Transtel Cellular Limited to mention a few. Thereafter Ian held Chief Finance Officer roles in both an international software development company providing ERP and CRM solutions and also a multinational retailer with turnover in excess of $1bn and over 5,000 employees. Ian has held a CFO role in the property and construction industry . Ian has had extensive exposure to the implementation of sophisticated financial software applications, electronic payment procedures and internal control environments.

 

Ian Mirels

Mark Chazan BSC

Technical Director & Co-Founder

Mark has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry and has worked on a diverse array of solutions, from real time engineering automation software to innovative mobile financial applications. For the past decade his focus has been on system architecture, security analysis and project management specialising in financial systems. Mark was one of the founders and directors of eWise and was instrumental in implementing the strategy, architecture, security design and patenting of eWise aggregation and payment software solutions as well as managing major complex implementations such as that for Westpac. He has experience in Financial Technology startups most recently involved in the founding of MOGOplus Holdings where he was part of the team that was instrumental in the development of a groundbreaking eVerification application that allows consumers to verify their identity and financial standing online without requiring users to divulge sensitive information to anyone other than their own bank. Mark has had numerous local and international patents granted in the financial technology space and is a director of eTeam Software and worked in management roles in technology companies such as SystemBuilder, Unidata, Ardent Software and Informix. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and a Bachelor of Accounting science degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Mark Chazan

Mike Kontorovich BSC Hons

Development Director & Co-Founder

Mike has over 30 years of software industry experience, having worked in a number of management and executive roles within technology companies such as SystemBuilder, Unidata, Ardent Software and Informix. In 2000, Mike co-founded eWise System and continued to serve as its CTO and director for the next 11 years. Mike has had numerous local and international patents granted in the financial technology space. He is one of the founders and board members of MOGOplus Holdings. Mike, who has a Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is highly skilled in management, software architecture and design, and software development.

 

Mike Kontorovich

David Kroser 

Non-Executive Director

Founded RITEQ and responsible for sales growth, product vision, developing key industry alliances and national and UK expansion.  As Samsung’s first RSA employee he was key to revenue achieving $50M+ within 3 years.   David also founded an Electronics manufacturing business that had 50+ employees when sold.  

David Kroser

David Jacobson

Non-Executive Director

Until recently, Dave was Managing Director of MacromatiX, a global leader in cloud-based retail and hospitality management solutions designed to increase productivity and operational excellence, in inventory and supply chain management. MacromatiX was successfully sold in 2012 to TPG, a leading global private investment firm with $66billion of capital under management. TPG has since created RedBook Connect, which includes the MacromatiX solution, and services 15 of the world’s 20 largest Restaurant and Hospitality Brands.

David Jacobson

Russel Pillemer

Non-Executive Director

Co-founded Pengana in 2003 together with Malcolm Turnbull. He has been the company’s Chief Executive Officer since inception. Prior to founding Pengana, Russel worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in New York where he specialised in providing advice to funds management businesses. Before moving to New York, he was responsible for leading Goldman Sachs’ Australian Financial Institutions Group. Russel was previously Chairman of Centric Wealth Group and a Principal of Turnbull Pillemer Capital. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.

Russel Pillemer

Ed Elliff BS Information & Computer Science (Hons)

General Manager

Ed's IT career spans 35 years and 4 continents, from start-ups to regional carriers such as SingTel Optus and large multinationals such as IBM, VeriSign and Dimension Data. After many senior roles managing software development, presales, consulting, managed services and marketing teams, Ed's focus since 2000 has been on sales management and business development strategy and execution across Asia Pacific.

Ed Elliff