Mr Steve Simms, Tomizone's previous CEO, will remain an executive of Tomizone until 18 December 2015 to facilitate a smooth transition to Mr Wanless. After this date, Mr Simms will continue as a Non-Executive Director of Tomizone and will work closely with the Board as a Tomizone Ambassador, as well as continuing to be a supportive major shareholder of the company.
Mr Wanless has over 30 years of successful experience bringing emerging disruptive technologies to market. He has held several CEO, CTO and senior executive roles within multinationals including Philips, Bosch and Sanmina-SCI Corporation. He has worked extensively in Europe, Asia and the USA in building strategic alliances and B2B/B2C channels, and has considerable experience in strategy development and the commercialisation of high growth technology companies.
Mr Wanless also has strong credentials in leading publicly listed companies, and his exposure to multiple international markets will be particularly beneficial as Tomizone expands globally.
As CEO of Philips Special Lighting Electronics, the culmination of a 10 year career at the company, Mr Wanless lead the EUR100 million revenue business across global multi-sites spanning sales, marketing, R&D and manufacturing. More recently he was responsible for the restructuring of the US operations of BlueAnt Wireless Pty Ltd.
Immediately prior to joining Tomizone, Mr Wanless successfully transitioned Swann Communications Pty Ltd, a global security business, through the development of a flexible cloud connected home security system utilising the Internet of Things, delivering rich value added services, and generating new revenue streams for the business. Mr Wanless was a key executive of the team that successfully prepared and sold Swann Communications to a global security and technology organisation for over $120m.
This broad and deep experience across multiple facets of the technology sector provide Mr Wanless with considerable insight as he joins Tomizone to lead the Company through the next stage of its evolution. Tomizone is well placed to rollout the next phase of its global growth strategy, having executed partnership agreements in key territories and new vertical markets in recent months.
Commenting on the appointment of Mr Wanless as CEO, Tomizone Chairman, Mr Tarun Kanji said: "After an extensive international search the Board is delighted to appoint Geoff to the role of CEO. With his global expertise and deep knowledge of the global technology sector, we are excited about the next phase of growth for Tomizone under Geoff's leadership."
"Geoff's global outlook and insights will greatly benefit Tomizone at its current stage of development. With an experienced Board, Global Advisory Committee and senior executive team led by Geoff, we have the right skills in place to deliver on our global growth strategy. Having successfully grown companies in the global technology space to a considerable size, we look forward to Geoff replicating that success with Tomizone," added Mr Kanji.
Commenting on his appointment as Tomizone's CEO, Mr Wanless said: "I am honoured to have been selected, and excited about the prospect of leading Tomizone through its planned global expansion. The business has a unique product set and a great team of people, and I look forward to working as part of that team to grow shareholder value."
"My focus will be on driving international growth by leveraging Tomizone's scalable platform with its unique combination of personalised content delivery and leading analytics. In addition to our current core offerings, the rapid proliferation of Internet of Things connected devices will create opportunities for new compelling services, many of which will be delivered through managed WiFi connections. Tomizone is well positioned to leverage these exciting new opportunities and drive growth," added Mr Wanless.
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About Tomizone Ltd
Tomizone Ltd (ASX:TOM) is a WiFi software company that powers in-venue digital experiences that drive consumer engagement and revenue. Its vision is to create the best WiFi software products and sell them to the world. The company mission is to connect customers to consumers through WiFi experiences.
Tomizone operates in multiple jurisdictions, focusing on accommodation, transportation & hubs, retail, metro & campus, and hospitality — while expanding into new verticals where WiFi engagement becomes increasingly critical for venues. The company currently has over 1,500 customers and is managing over 26 million WiFi sessions per year.