Tuesday, 21 September 2021 10:41

Perkbox picks McDonald as country manager

Perkbox Australia country manager Ross McDonald Perkbox Australia country manager Ross McDonald

Benefits and rewards platform operator Perkbox has appointed Ross McDonald to the role of country manager for Australia.

McDonald joined Perkbox from Zip, where he was senior commercial director for ANZ.

He previously worked as ANZ country manager at Expedia, ANZ general manager of distribution at nib, and in several roles at Google ANZ, most recently that of head of travel and tourism.

McDonald holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

"It's an exciting time to join the Perkbox Australia team as the company is solving a real challenge in today's workplaces," he said.

"Teams around Australia are tired, fragmented, and outright fatigued by the pandemic. Rather than risk the associated burn-out and staff resignations, we're seeing forward-looking organisations implement solutions to connect and recognise employees, and reinforce their cultural values, wherever they may be working.

"Perkbox is playing a key role in providing the tools companies need to connect employees at scale. Its recent evolution addresses the disconnect between rewarding and recognising remote and overseas teams too, as they are often forgotten when it comes to managing culture and motivation in the workplace."

Perkbox combines perks – including discounts on retail, travel and food – wellbeing tools, rewards and employee recognition on a single mobile app.

The wellbeing component includes free access to HIIT workouts, hypnotherapy and meditation guides.

"All perks and tools on the platform have been designed with remote and distributed teams in mind. We've pivoted to become a simple, cost-effective solution that helps future-proof organisations against an increasing push towards remote work," added McDonald.

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