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Leonie now leads a team of HR Managers and holds a diverse portfolio of HR functions including recruitment, payroll, employee engagement, reward and recognition as well as international mobility. Leonie is a graduate of Charles Sturt University with a Master in Human Resource Management." ["background"]=> string(75) "https://www.ascenderhcm.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/leonie_mctaggart.png" ["href"]=> string(51) "https://www.ascenderhcm.com/team/leonie-mctaggart-2" ["name"]=> string(16) "Leonie McTaggart" } object(stdClass)#1196 (6) { ["title"]=> string(15) "General Counsel" ["role-level"]=> string(12) "Team Leaders" ["bio"]=> string(497) "Stella is the General Counsel at Ascender. She has held senior executive positions at international organisations such as the White & Case (New York), Beaumont Partners and the United Nations. She has 14 years of transactional experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital across USA, Europe and Australasia. 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Before joining Archer, he was a Partner at Francisco Partners — a $5bn private equity manager focused on technology companies, where he led numerous transactions including the Australian P2P of Mincom, and the divisional purchase of Aderant from Solution6. He has also led many deals in the US and Europe including CMAC Micro Technology, Ex Libris, and Endeavor Systems. Prior to Francisco Partners, Andrew co-founded and was COO of software firm Abilizer Solutions which was ultimately sold to BEA. Andrew began his private equity career as a principal at Genstar Capital and early in his career, Andrew was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an investment banker at James D. Wolfensohn in New York. Andrew has a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (first class honors) from Sydney University and an MBA from Harvard Business School." 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Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours and Valedictorian) and a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) from the University of Western Australia." ["background"]=> string(79) "https://www.ascenderhcm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/team-michaelmcnamara.png" ["href"]=> string(49) "https://www.ascenderhcm.com/team/michael-mcnamara" ["name"]=> string(16) "Michael McNamara" } object(stdClass)#1243 (6) { ["title"]=> string(8) "Director" ["role-level"]=> string(18) "Board of Directors" ["bio"]=> string(756) "Rishabh is Board Director of Ascender since the acquisition in May 2015 by Private Equity firm Potentia, of which he is also Managing Director. Rishabh has over 20 years' executive and board experience spanning the private equity, healthcare, software and consulting industries. During his time at SHPS, Rishabh led the sale of their HR Outsourcing business to ADP, in addition to the sale of Landacorp to EXL Services. Prior to joining SHPS, Rishabh was co-founder and CEO of Abilizer Solutions, Inc., a software firm in San Francisco (sold to BEA/Oracle). Rishabh is a graduate of Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Quantitative Economics, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School." ["background"]=> string(79) "https://www.ascenderhcm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/team-rishabhmehrotra.png" ["href"]=> string(51) "https://www.ascenderhcm.com/team/rishabh-mehrotra-2" ["name"]=> string(16) "Rishabh Mehrotra" } object(stdClass)#1240 (6) { ["title"]=> string(8) "Director" ["role-level"]=> string(18) "Board of Directors" ["bio"]=> string(1199) "Adrian MacKenzie is a Director on the Board of Ascender, and founder of Five V Capital, where he has made several successful investments in both established and venture capital businesses. His recent success includes the acquisition of Ascender, becoming the major shareholder in Madman Film & Entertainment, and the successful exit of his investment in Mysale, where he remains a director. His venture capital investments include Canva, Standard Media Index, ImageBrief and Parcelpoint. Prior to Five V Capital, Adrian was Managing Partner and board member at private equity firm CVC Capital Partners (London), where he worked on numerous transactions before moving to Hong Kong to help establish the Asia Pacific business, and then to Sydney to open the Australian office. During this time, he completed many significant transactions including Pacific Brands, Tech Pacific, Affinity Healthcare and Nine Entertainment. Having become a Managing Partner and board member, Adrian left CVC after 17 years in 2012. Adrian's career began in corporate finance with J. Henry Schroder Wagg & Co Ltd, in the London and New York offices. 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Ascender Advantage Team Careers

Executive Leadership Team

Andrew Wilson
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of Ascender. Prior to his appointment, Andrew was the Head of Strategy and had been instrumental in transforming customer satisfaction and experience levels. He has extensive strategy experience including as General Manager of Strategy, Planning and Innovation at Coca-Cola Amatil and, prior to that, as a management consultant with Bain & Company. Andrew is also a member of the Board of ReachOut Australia and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours & University Medal) from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Business Administration (Distinction) from London Business School.

Neil Thompson
Chief Financial Officer

Neil is the Chief Financial Officer of Ascender. He comes with over 30 years of Strategic and Senior Finance experience. Prior to joining Ascender, Neil has held a number of Senior Corporate Finance Executive roles in both ASX listed and private equity backed companies. Most recently he has applied his skills in the arts sector as one of the founders and Executive Chairman of the Australian World Orchestra. Neil has a strong background in financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, market analysis, budgeting and forecasting, capital management funding, treasury and cash management. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from La Trobe University.

Philip Harris
General Manager, ANZ Cloud Services

Philip is the General Manager of ANZ Cloud Services at Ascender. Philip has 20 years of experience in the HR technology and services sector working with global leaders such as Mincom & NGA Human Resources. The experience Philip has developed as a high performing Sales and Account Management professional have been essential in leading over achieving "Go to Market Teams". The critical part of his teams continuing success is collaborating with customers to discover new ways of solving business critical problems. Philip holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Sandy Forrest
General Manager, ANZ Public & Enterprise Services

Sandy is the General Manager of ANZ Public & Enterprise Services at Ascender. Sandy possesses 20+ years expertise in the HR and Payroll space, across both operational and leadership positions. Prior to joining Ascender, he worked with organisations such as Western Australian Education and Western Australia Police agencies. Sandy has a strong track record in ensuring the success and satisfaction of Ascender clients, through his effective delivery of project implementation and consulting. Sandy holds a Masters of Business from the University of Western Australia.

Inna Wahlberg
General Manager, Asia Services

Inna is the General Manager of Asia Services at Ascender. She has extensive regional experience in senior strategic and commercial technical roles, with her most recent role managing SAP applications for BHP. Inna led many highly complex multi-regional implementation of robust process optimisation and compliance within the enterprise space. Inna holds a Masters of Science (Economics) from the Hanken Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki.

Brian Tsai
General Manager, Japan Services

Brian is the General Manager of Japan Services at Ascender. He joined Ascender from Workcloud Inc, Ascender's Payroll/Time and Leave/HRIS platform in Japan, which he started in 2014. Brian's strength is in the web technology arena, and he has been an active executive in the IT startup space in Japan since 2000. Prior to that, Brian has had other careers as an investment banker in Tokyo/Hong Kong, as well as international sales at Mitsubishi Corporation. He holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.

Leonie McTaggart
Human Resources Director

Leonie is the HR Director for Ascender. Prior to this role, Leonie was the HR Manager, ANZ for NGA Human Resources. She has always focused on Professional Services industries where the variety and diversity of stakeholders has allowed her to experience and learn from being part of both large multinational organisations such as URS, an international Engineering and Environmental Consultancy with over 50,000 employees worldwide, to a small publicly listed Law firm based in Sydney with 30 employees. Leonie now leads a team of HR Managers and holds a diverse portfolio of HR functions including recruitment, payroll, employee engagement, reward and recognition as well as international mobility. Leonie is a graduate of Charles Sturt University with a Master in Human Resource Management.

Stella Argyrou
General Counsel

Stella is the General Counsel at Ascender. She has held senior executive positions at international organisations such as the White & Case (New York), Beaumont Partners and the United Nations. She has 14 years of transactional experience in private equity, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital across USA, Europe and Australasia. Stella holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and is admitted to practice law in New South Wales and New York.

Board of Directors

Andrew Gray
Executive Chairman & Director

Andrew Gray is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ascender, and founding-Managing Director of Potentia. He also serves as non-executive director of TIG and V8 Supercars, and is on the board of Hit100, an emerging diabetes management company. Prior to Potentia, he was Managing Director at Archer Capital, where he led the acquisition and subsequent sale of MYOB, Archer Capitals most successful investment, and the acquisition of V8 Supercars. Before joining Archer, he was a Partner at Francisco Partners — a $5bn private equity manager focused on technology companies, where he led numerous transactions including the Australian P2P of Mincom, and the divisional purchase of Aderant from Solution6. He has also led many deals in the US and Europe including CMAC Micro Technology, Ex Libris, and Endeavor Systems. Prior to Francisco Partners, Andrew co-founded and was COO of software firm Abilizer Solutions which was ultimately sold to BEA. Andrew began his private equity career as a principal at Genstar Capital and early in his career, Andrew was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an investment banker at James D. Wolfensohn in New York. Andrew has a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (first class honors) from Sydney University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael McNamara
Executive Director

Michael is Director and SVP of M&A of Ascender and has been an Investment Director at Potentia since January 2015. Prior to Potentia, Michael was an Investment Manager at Archer Capital for three years where he was involved in a number of successful transactions including Allity Aged Care (previously Lend Lease Primelife), the bolt-on acquisition of ECH Aged Care and the sale of Ausfuel. Prior to joining Archer, Michael was Associate Director at UBS Investment Bank in Sydney where he advised on over $5bn of transactions in the General Industrials, Infrastructure and Utilities sectors. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours and Valedictorian) and a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) from the University of Western Australia.

Rishabh Mehrotra
Director

Rishabh is Board Director of Ascender since the acquisition in May 2015 by Private Equity firm Potentia, of which he is also Managing Director. Rishabh has over 20 years' executive and board experience spanning the private equity, healthcare, software and consulting industries. During his time at SHPS, Rishabh led the sale of their HR Outsourcing business to ADP, in addition to the sale of Landacorp to EXL Services. Prior to joining SHPS, Rishabh was co-founder and CEO of Abilizer Solutions, Inc., a software firm in San Francisco (sold to BEA/Oracle). Rishabh is a graduate of Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Quantitative Economics, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Adrian MacKenzie
Director

Adrian MacKenzie is a Director on the Board of Ascender, and founder of Five V Capital, where he has made several successful investments in both established and venture capital businesses. His recent success includes the acquisition of Ascender, becoming the major shareholder in Madman Film & Entertainment, and the successful exit of his investment in Mysale, where he remains a director. His venture capital investments include Canva, Standard Media Index, ImageBrief and Parcelpoint. Prior to Five V Capital, Adrian was Managing Partner and board member at private equity firm CVC Capital Partners (London), where he worked on numerous transactions before moving to Hong Kong to help establish the Asia Pacific business, and then to Sydney to open the Australian office. During this time, he completed many significant transactions including Pacific Brands, Tech Pacific, Affinity Healthcare and Nine Entertainment. Having become a Managing Partner and board member, Adrian left CVC after 17 years in 2012. Adrian's career began in corporate finance with J. Henry Schroder Wagg & Co Ltd, in the London and New York offices. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in engineering and economics.