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Skyfii names new managing director and COO

Skyfii names new managing director and COO

John Rankin takes up position

Skyfii managing director of its Australian operations and chief operating officer, John Rankin

Skyfii managing director of its Australian operations and chief operating officer, John Rankin

Australian ASX-listed data services start-up, Skyfii (ASX:SKF), has appointed John Rankin to the role of managing director of its Australian operations and chief operating officer.

Wayne Arthur will remain the company’s managing director and CEO, responsible for the company’s strategic direction and investor relations, but will particularly focus on international growth, targeting the North American and UK markets.

Based in Sydney, Rankin will lead Skyfii’s day-to-day operations in A/NZ, with a particular focus on expanding the company’s presence in key market verticals in the region, including retail, hospitality, education, transit and healthcare.

Rankin will be ramping up efforts to bring to market the company’s Cloud-based software platform that uses existing networking technologies to allow venues to analyse anonymous mobile devices as they move through their facilities. It also captures data from visitors who opt-in to free Internet connectivity.

“I have witnessed first-hand the proliferation of big data and the role it plays in building and creating smart buildings. I have watched Skyfii go from small tech start-up to one of the largest provider of guest Wi-Fi and analytics to shopping centres in Australia.

“Skyfii is solving problems for retailers and retail shopping centres by delivering a platform that transforms data into an asset for intelligent business decisions,” Rankin said.

“But the platform isn’t restricted to retail – it has endless use cases across a multitude of venue types including shopping centres, hospitals, stadiums, transit venues, municipalities and universities. Skyfii has a bright future and its global application will see the business continue to expand in Australia and abroad.”

Arthur mentioned that Skyfii remains well-funded to continue its expansion as it begins to establish a foothold in North America and UK, following strong demand from venues in the region.

Rankin joins Skyfii with 15 years’ experience in the media and property industry, 10 of which were spent in senior and executive leadership positions.

He most recently worked at GPT Group, where he held two director-level positions. The first involved leading the New Revenue Strategy in retail, office and logistics, while the second position saw Rankin manage a portfolio of retail shopping centres for the company.

Prior to GPT, Rankin spent five years in the UK at out-of-home media company, EYE, as general manager.

“John’s extensive experience in working with our core venue types – including major shopping centres, airports and universities – will allow us to further develop our solution so that our clients and partners can capitalise on new opportunities in the digital and data era,” Arthur added.

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