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New Dawn for rhipe

rhipe founder and COO, Dawn Edmonds, steps down from her long-time role with the company

Former founder and chief operating officer of rhipe, Dawn Edmonds

Former founder and chief operating officer of rhipe, Dawn Edmonds

rhipe (ASX:RHP) founder and chief operating officer, Dawn Edmonds, has stepped down from her role, relinquishing the day-to-day operational activities of the company.

However, Edmonds will still remain committed to, and involved with, the business as a board director.

The company said, in a statement on the ASX, that her responsibilities as chief operating officer will be distributed across the other members of the executive leadership team.

rhipe CEO, Dominic O’Hanlon, said after 13 years in the company, Edmonds will now concentrate on her directors’ responsibilities and move to a non-executive role.

“Change is a constant in this industry and in this business. With a strong and experienced executive leadership team in place, we believe rhipe can accommodate this change while retaining the benefit of Dawn’s industry and company knowledge at a board level,” he mentioned.

Edmonds hatched the business alongside the late Doug Tutus in 2003 and has been a key part of the company's success thus far, having seen rhipe from the beginning of its journey as NewLease.

The company rebranded itself to rhipe on December 1, 2014, due to expansion and investment opportunities both nationally and around the globe, and the need to chart a future pathway with service providers.

Edmonds has also been integral in establishing the company as one of the first SPLA distributors globally, in clinching some top accolades including the Microsoft Australian Distributor of the Year Award 2011, and in its acquisition of Microsoft Cloud based services provider, nSynergy.

Edmonds was also awarded the entrepreneur award at the ARN 2012 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) for her proven leadership skills, entrepreneurial successes and in-depth IT knowledge.

Prior to starting NewLease, she was instrumental in building two successful start-up businesses, in two very different industries: temporary labour hire and IT outsourcing. She has also held managerial positions in a diverse range of companies within both the public and private sector.

“It has been an incredible journey from a two-person partnership to a publicly-listed ASX company. I’m very proud of this business and all we have built and achieved.

“After 13 years, I am excited about the boundless opportunities ahead for rhipe, and I’m really excited about the new opportunities for me – including time out over the summer with my family. I’d like to thank Dominic and the board for supporting my decision, and I look forward to continuing the journey together,” she said.

As part of the restructure, the company has also hired Mark McLellan as its chief financial officer.

McLellan joins rhipe after 12 years in the strategy and corporate development group at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Edinburgh, UK. He brings more than 20 years’ experience with a corporate and charted accounting background.

“I am very pleased to join rhipe at such an exciting time and look forward to helping the business deliver on its strategy and targets,” McLellan said.

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