Australian-founded global tech company, QSR International, has appointed Kerri Sinclair as its CEO following the decision by former CEO, John Owen, to step down after 15 years in the role.
Owen, who has led QSR since 2001 as the company’s first CEO, is said to be leaving to explore new challenges. However, he will continue to serve in an advisory capacity as a non-executive director. While at the helm of QSR, Owen was responsible for driving the company’s growth from a small academically-focused business to a global software company.
“I’m very proud of the company’s achievements over the past 15 years – it’s been a thrilling ride to be part of the QSR growth story and to witness NVivo helping so many users around the world gain deeper insights from their data,” he said.
Sinclair brings to QSR more than 20 years of management experience in the technology industry, and will commence work on September 28.
Sinclair joins QSR from Aconex, where she served as senior vice-president of new business. She was in this role for a little over three years. Prior to this, Sinclair served as the company’s Asia and India general manager for almost three years before she was promoted to the role of strategic projects general manager in May 2010. She was in this role for more than two years.
Before Aconex, Sinclair was general manager of market response (strategy) at Telstra Wholesale, a role she held on to for a little over a year. She also previously held the positions of strategy and deal construction general manager and wholesale transmission and wavelengths senior product manager for 16 months and 10 months respectively.
Some of her other stints include working in companies such as Intelematics Australia, AgentArts, LookSmart, and Gold-Bug Consulting.
Sinclair is also on the Board of Springboard Australia Accelerator program, which supports women-led companies in technology and life sciences.
“QSR has a strong history in product innovation and keeping a step ahead of the changing data landscape. I’m excited to lead the highly talented team at QSR in continuing to build upon the company’s strong presence in the education sector as well as position it for rapidly increasing relevance in new industries and geographic markets,” she said.
QSR chairman, Wayne Fitzsimmons, added that her deep expertise in software and Cloud with a strong track record in leading successful teams uniquely positions her to lead QSR to the next phase of its growth.