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Board of Directors

Ken Fife

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ken Fife was the CEO of Auto-IT since the company was formed by merger in January 2000, until March 2014. Prior to that, in 1987, he founded automotive system specialist company KGM Management. Under his leadership the initial operation comprising four people and 14 dealer management system (DMS) clients has grown to around 100 staff with more than 24,000 software licensees in 1,400 dealer locations.

Ken has been a leader in the dealer management system market for 35 years and has formed strong industry relationships in all the global markets in which Auto-IT is actively engaged.

He was a major force behind the formation of the Australian Dealer Software Suppliers Association (ADSSA) in the mid 1990s and, apart from leading Auto-IT as its CEO, he has been the principal architect of Auto-IT’s strong offshore expansion.

Ken relinquished his CEO role in 2014 to assume the role of Auto-IT’s Chairman of Directors.

Wayne Rushworth

Chief Executive Officer

Formerly the Chief Operating Officer with the company, Wayne Rushworth has taken over the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Wayne Joined Auto-IT in 2005 following involvement in a consulting capacity. Prior to joining the company, Wayne had an extensive career in banking and finance with the ANZ Banking Group Limited, spanning more than 25 years.

He has worked in institutional, corporate and commercial banking markets and in the finance company segment providing finance to the automotive and trucking industry.

Wayne has also worked on numerous projects including technology implementations and major change initiatives. He has a Bachelor of Economics, a Masters degree in Professional Accounting, is a CPA and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Aaran Newman

Sales and Marketing Director

A veteran of the motor industry, Aaran is the fourth generation of his family in the industry and has over 30 years’ experience. In his early days Aaran worked for Newmans Motor Group and Newmans Information Services (NIS), filling a number of roles in both organisations, gaining a strong insight into the workings of a dealership and a computer software company.

Since joining NIS (now Auto-IT) in 1998 and prior to becoming Director – Sales and Marketing, Aaran performed the roles of Support Consultant, Account Manager, Support Manager, Technical Services Manager, Accountant and Product Manager. Aaran has been instrumental in leading and driving the success of our Sales and Marketing teams.

Aaran holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA). He is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and is a fellow of the Corporate Directors Association of Australia.

Michael Damianos

Non-Executive Director

Michael Damianos is a partner and CPA in a long established accounting practice with over 30 years experience in the automotive industry. His association with dealer management systems dates back to the early 80’s when, through his accounting practice he developed an industry-specific automotive accounting system.

This led to the creation of one of the foundation companies that eventually became Auto-IT.

His accounting background is preceded by 10 years working in Sales and Marketing within the computer industry. This unique blend of experiences brings a valuable range of skills and knowledge to the business and in particular, the company’s board.

Garry Campbell

Non-Executive Director

Garry W. Campbell was elected Deputy Chairman of the Tradegate Australia Pty Ltd Board on 18 November 2009 until March 2012, having previously acted as Chairman and Director since 19 February 1997. He was formerly the General Manager – Information Technology Services for Coles Myer Ltd up until his retirement in January 2003.

Upon the merger of Coles and Myer in 1985, Mr Campbell, who was then an Associate Director of the Myer Emporium Ltd, worked closely with senior management to form the Coles Myer Information Services (CMIS), of which he was subsequently appointed Chief General Manager.

Mr Campbell has been a member of the Electronic Commerce Committee, which participates in the Victorian Premier’s Taskforce on Communications and Multimedia. He was Chairman of the Electronic Commerce Australia Board prior to the merger with Tradegate Australia Pty Ltd. He has also been an active member of the CSIRO Service Sector Advisory Committee and Chairman of the IT Forum, a group of leaders of Information Technology business throughout Australia. He has represented exporters, importers, manufacturers, primary producers and primary industry, retailers and wholesalers in various business and government fora. Mr Campbell has a Diploma in Computer Science.