Mark Fortunatow

B.Sc. (Ma.Sc.) B.Ec. – Executive Chairman

October 26, 2015. Mark Fortunatow, Chairman and CEO of ASX listed MGM Wireless (ASX:MWR) is interviewed by Alan Kohler on Eureka Report – one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators and regular finance presenter on the ABC News.
Executive Chairman Mark Fortunatow, co-founder and chief executive of the Company’s subsidiary MGM Wireless Holdings Pty Ltd, brings more than 25 years of senior executive management experience in marketing, engineering, information systems, finance and customer support.

Mr Fortunatow previously founded three successful technology-based enterprises, Linx Computer Systems (developer and marketer of financial software), Timekeeping Australia (a leader in the Australian workforce management market) and Netline Technologies (a company designing, engineering, selling and distributing voice based mobile wireless solutions), accumulating substantial practical experience in the many disciplines required to successfully launch and sustainably grow a successful technology enterprise.

Mr Fortunatow Vice President and Board Director of the Asthma Foundation of South Australia Incorporated. He holds a degree of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Economics from Adelaide University. Director since 3 October 2003.

Mark Edwin Hurd

BSc(Hons) – Executive Director

Mr Hurd is co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of MGM Wireless Holdings Pty Ltd.
He holds an honours degree in Mathematical and Computer Sciences and has received numerous awards for outstanding academic and software engineering achievements. He is the chief architect of MGM’s technology.
A regular active contributor to Microsoft technical forums, Mr Hurd is sought after internationally by leading software engineers and corporations for his advice and software architecture expertise.

Prior to MGM, Mr Hurd was Chief Technical Officer at Netline Technologies, and before that held positions with Logica and Coopers and Lybrand and carried out numerous academic research projects.

In 1998, Mr Hurd co-founded Netline Technologies to design, engineer, sell and distribute voice based mobile wireless solutions. The company achievements included Winner – Most outstanding Wireless Mobile Product. Director since 3 October 2003.

Tara Lewis-Christie

Executive Director

Mrs Lewis-Christie has been with MGM Wireless since early 2010, where her current role is Chief Operating Officer. She first joined the Company as Assistant to the CFO, and then progressed to Company Accountant. She has also held a variety of other key senior management positions at MGM Wireless including Client Management, Inside Sales and Product Development.

With a background in Financial Management, prior to MGM Wireless, Mrs Lewis-Christie previously held management positions in the tourism, hospitality and food sectors. Having started her first business at the age of 23 in her home town of Broken Hill, she won the prestigious Town Award for Business Person of the Year, 2009 – People’s Choice Award and in the same year she was also nominated for Business Support Person of the Year. Director since 24 February 2014.

Leila Henderson

Non-Executive Director

Mrs Henderson is one of a handful of female technology business founders in Australia. A former News Ltd journalist, she’s a Yellow Pages Business Ideas award winner and ZONTA Entrepreneur of the Year who combines hands-on experience developing successful web-based businesses with many years of training business owners in written and spoken communication. In 2004, Leila developed the first Australian press release distribution service to be accredited by Google News. Now a cloud-based PR and Social Marketing Platform, Newsmaker has a customer base of over 10,000 companies representing over 35,000 brands. Newsmaker is consistently named No.1 press release service in Australia by independent web analysts.
The current State President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), Leila has served as a judge for the National IT Awards, SAiMX and AIMIA Awards. Leila’s background is journalism, in Toronto, London and Sydney, where she worked in senior roles including the Australian Women’s Weekly, Reader’s Digest, The Canadian and The Australian.

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