Mark Licciardo B Bus(Acc), GradDip CSP, FGIA, FAICD is the founder and Managing Director of Mertons Corporate Services. A former company secretary of Top 50 ASX listed companies Transurban Group and Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited, his expertise includes working with boards of directors in the areas of corporate governance, administration and company secretarial. Mark is also the former Chairman of the Governance Institute of Australia Victoria division and Melbourne Fringe Festival and a current non-executive director of a number of public and private companies.
Weiguo (David) Gu
Weiguo (David) Gu has served as our independent and non-executive director since February 2015 as part of the strategic relationship agreement signed with Vipshop Holdings Limited. Mr. Gu joined Vipshop (NYSE: VIPS, www.vip.com) in 2013, and currently serves as the head of the company’s corporate development and corporate strategy. Before Vipshop, Mr. Gu was the vice president of Lightspeed Venture Partners in China. Prior to his VC career with Lightspeed, Mr. Gu was the project leader in Boston Consulting Group in Shanghai, China. Mr. Gu holds a Bachelor degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in the U.S.
Patrick Grove has served as our non-independent and non-executive director since November 2013. Mr. Grove retired as the chairman of our board of directors in June 2015. Mr. Grove is a co-founder of our company. Mr. Grove’s experience and expertise include mergers and acquisitions and extraction of investment value in high growth, media and technology environments. Mr. Grove has built a number of significant media and internet businesses across Asia and has taken four businesses from start up to initial public offer. He has been independently recognised with numerous international awards, including as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum (2001), a New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum (2003), the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore, Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2004) and Business Week’s Best Young Asian Entrepreneurs (2008). Mr. Grove is also the chief executive officer, chairman and major shareholder of Catcha Group, one of South East Asia’s leading investment groups. Mr. Grove is also the chairman of iProperty Group Ltd and iCar Asia Ltd, both ASX-listed companies, as well as a director of Malaysia-listed REV Asia Berhad. Mr. Grove has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting and Finance from the University of Sydney.
Lucas Elloitt has served as our non-independent and non-executive director since August 2013. Mr. Elliott is a co-founder of our company. He has over 14 years of Asian online experience, with a focus on developing fast moving online business models and monetising online assets. Mr. Elliott is also a co-founder of Catcha Group, where he is responsible for all aspects of Catcha Group’s corporate finance activities, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and public listings. Mr. Elliott is also a director of iProperty Group Ltd and iCar Asia Ltd, both ASX-listed companies, and Malaysia-listed REV Asia Berhad. Mr. Elliott has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance from the University of Sydney.
Erman Akinci has served as our non- independent and non-executive director since November 2013. Mr. Akinci specialises in the sourcing and development of new business opportunities in the online space in Asia. Mr. Akinci is a founder of Dealmates and the Director of Business Development for Catcha Group, where he is responsible for deal origination and integration. Mr. Akinci has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in the U.S.
Nick Geddes has served as our company secretary and independent and non-executive director since August 2013. Mr. Geddes is the principal of Australian Company Secretaries Pty Ltd, a company secretarial practice that he formed in 1993. He acts as company secretary for a number of ASX-listed companies. Mr. Geddes is a past President of Chartered Secretaries Australia and a former Chairman of the NSW Council of that Institute. His previous experience, as a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary, includes investment banking and development and venture capital in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.Management from the HEC (Hautes Études Commerciales) School of Management.