Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:18

Atmail founder Duncan moves sideways, appoints new CEO

Zach Johnson, Atmail CEO Zach Johnson, Atmail CEO

Australian start-up email platform provider Atmail has appointed its COO as Chief Executive, with company founder and former CEO Ben Duncan stepping into the Chief Technology Officer’s role.

The Sunshine Coast-based business has appointed Zach Johnson as CEO, about 14-month after a $2 million capital raising by Starfish Ventures.

Johnson has 25 years industry experience, including the past 15 years working in international businesses with a number of companies including Blackboard. He holds a BA degree from the New School in New York City and has completed executive education programs with AGSM at UNSW and Harvard Business School.

Duncan claims that Atmail has “thousands of clients around the world, and powers tens of millions of email accounts.” And, he says, the company already has “seven of the 10 big ISPs in Australia as customers, and is experiencing rapid growth globally.”

And, comments Johnson: “Atmail is such an inspiring Australian startup and technology success story, but one that not enough people have heard of. The platform powers tens of millions of email accounts around the world, and is the technology backbone to literally billions of emails being sent and received.

“Our success shows that high growth tech companies don’t have to be in inner city hubs. The office is right by the beach, we have strong ties to our local community, and talented people from around the world are moving to the Sunshine Coast to work with us.”

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Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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