Mark originally joined Movac as an Investment Manager during the investment period of Fund 2 in 2008, and was involved in the fund’s investments in PowerbyProxi and Zeosoft (exited to MASH Holdings Japan). Shortly after, he became a Partner to lead the capital raising of Movac Fund 3. Mark has primary responsibility for deal sourcing, investor relations, and the Movac community.
Mark has made several angel investments, and has several advisory board roles with innovative high growth companies. Several of these companies have subsequently been acquired, creating value for shareholders, for example, Yellow Brick Road acquired by Kono Foods, and Global Career Link acquired by Manpower Solutions.
Prior to joining Movac, Mark was Manager of Broadcasting & Content at the New Zealand Rugby Union, responsible for their SANZAR broadcasting contracts (over US$800m in value), as well as all other areas of content commercialisation.
Mark was founding CEO of KEA (Kiwi Expats Abroad), an award-winning venture that harnesses New Zealand’s expat community and worked with over 150 New Zealand businesses to access global markets through this network.
Mark also spent a decade working in the UK and US, in key roles within high growth companies. He was an early stage employee with Robert Walters Associates, which listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. In Silicon Valley, Mark was an also an early stage employee at Niku Corporation, leading their business development team. Niku listed in 2000 and at that time was the third most successful tech IPO on the NASDAQ. Niku was subsequently purchased by Computer Associates for US$350m.
Mark holds several independent directorships and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.