Rod Drury is a serial technology entrepreneur who has been involved in numerous successful start-ups. He is now the Founder and CEO of Xero, a leading global online accounting platform for small businesses.
Passionate about New Zealand participating with its full potential internationally in the tech space, he has been a strong advocate and supporter of issues such as Broadband.
His awards include: EY New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2013, Business Leader of the Year 2012, Distinguished Alumni Award 2011, Flying Kiwi Award and Member of the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame 2009, Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society 2008, NZ Hi-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 and 2007 and Wellingtonian of the Year Business Category 2014.
Rod sits on the Victoria University Faculty of Commerce and Administration Advisory Board and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Previous board memberships and directorships include TradeMe, SQL Services and NZTE. He also co-founded Pacific Fibre and was selected as New Zealand’s first representative on the Mircosoft MSDN Regional Director Programme.