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Jade Software appoints Sue Suckling as Chairperson

Media release - October 17, 2016

Sue Suckling.jpgJade Software is pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Suckling to Chairperson of the board, at a time when the company is expanding its global footprint and investing for growth. Sue succeeds Ruth Richardson who stepped down from the board in May of this year after 18 years in the role.

Sue Suckling OBE, M.Tech (Hons) is one of New Zealand’s most experienced company directors and chairpersons, with over 25 years in governance roles for public sector organisations and SMEs, publicly listed, and privately-owned companies across a range of sectors. She is currently chairperson of Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, ECL Group, Jacobsen Pacific and Lincoln Agritech Hub, and director of Sky City Entertainment Group and Restaurant Brands. She is a Companion of the NZ Royal Society, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Her experience spans corporate governance, commercial investment, M&A, change strategies, international marketing, digital disruption, and harnessing science and technology for business growth.

Jade has seen strong growth to date in 2016 across all areas of the business. The addition of Sue to lead the board will strengthen the Company’s ability to drive further growth on a global stage.

David Cutter, Group Chief Executive of Jade’s largest shareholder, the UK-based Skipton Building Society, welcomed Sue Suckling’s appointment. “Sue Suckling’s experience and track record in leading high performing boards will be invaluable to Jade at this stage in its growth strategy, as it continues to accelerate new product development and to access new markets internationally.”

Sue Suckling said that “I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the further success of a Christchurch company that has gone global. Jade Software combines several areas of my experience – governance, science and technology, innovation, exporting and supply chain management. The opportunities for Jade Software are immense. Across the industry there is a focus on cloud platforms and disruptive technologies such as machine-to-machine connectivity and artificial intelligence, which makes this an exciting time for the Jade team, for shareholders, and for New Zealand.”

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