Friday, 11 March 2016 12:43

Xero boosts Australia, NZ team with new appointments

Kirsty Godfrey-Billy, Xero Kirsty Godfrey-Billy, Xero

Cloud accounting software provider Xero has beefed up its Australia-New Zealand management team with two new appointments.

The new appointments see Rachael Powell take up the role of Chief People Officer and Kirsty Godfrey-Billy appointed as Chief Accounting Officer.

Powell and Godfrey-Billy will report to Sankar Narayan, Chief Financial Officer’s organisation.

Powell, who led the talent function for Zomato across Asia Pacific, will be based in Melbourne. Prior to Zomato, she worked as an Associate Director of Executive Search firm Six Degrees Executive.

Powell has also spent time as a management consultant working with small and medium sized organisations along with 12 years with IBM, leading and developing teams across Australia and New Zealand and launching ISV programs into Asia Pacific.

Most recently a Partner at PwC, Godfrey-Billy will be based in Wellington to run the finance and accounting advocacy function at Xero.

Godfrey-Billy has diverse work experience within both commercial business and chartered accounting firms, including recent work with businesses from a broad mix of industries in the Taranaki region.

Godfrey-Billy also founded Taranaki Technology, which she currently leads.

Sankar Narayan, Xero’s CFO said, “As we accelerate our growth globally, I am thrilled to have the calibre of Kirsty and Rachael join our Xero corporate team. Kirsty’s deep knowledge of accounting and her advocacy of the industry is ideal for the next phase of our strategy as we execute on improving our business performance metrics.

“Rachael’s expertise in the technology industry combined with her recent experience in an online business will bring all the necessary skills to build capability across Xero’s global team. Rachael and Kirsty will further strengthen our management team as we drive strong global growth.”

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Peter Dinham

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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