Board And Management

All Vista Group employees are dedicated to the provision of great service and are passionate about what they do; they are led by a board of five, four Group managers and eight business managers.

The Board

  • Kirk Senior

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    Kirk Senior

    CHAIRMAN
    BBus (Swinburne)

    Kirk brings a strong international film industry background acquired from 18 years with the Village Roadshow Limited Group. Kirk was formerly CEO (and prior to that, CFO) of Village Cinemas, one of the world’s leading cinema companies. Kirk was also a director of Village Cinemas and many of its subsidiaries and joint ventures throughout the world. Prior to Village Cinemas, Kirk was a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in Australia and the UK. Kirk also advises and provides consulting services to other companies in the film and entertainment industries.

  • Murray Holdaway

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    Murray Holdaway

    GROUP CEO, VISTA GROUP
    BSc, Mathematics and Computer Science and BCom, Accounting, (University of Auckland)

    Murray is the co-founder and product visionary of Vista Entertainment Solutions and Group CEO of the Vista Group of companies. Prior to Vista, he was a founder of Madison Systems Ltd, a joint venture partner in Vista when it was formed in 1996. Murray has been dedicated full-time to Vista since Madison was sold in 2001. He has over 20 years’ experience in building innovative software for the film industry, and sits on the Vista Group board.

  • Brian Cadzow

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    Brian Cadzow

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL AND LEGAL, VISTA GROUP
    BCom, Accounting and Information Systems, (University of Otago), CA and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants

    Brian is Vista's Commercial and Legal Director and one of the co-founders of the Group. Brian has had a long career in finance positions in the Industrial, Media, Transport and Technology sectors for listed and private companies. He operated his own consulting business for 10 years with Vista Group a major client before he joined them as a full-time employee in his current role in 2008.

    Brian was chair of the Lynfield College Board for 10 years (retired 2013) and is now on the Board of the Titirangi Golf Club (both Auckland, NZ).

  • Susan Peterson

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    Susan Peterson

    INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
    BCom and LLB (University of Otago)

    Susan's management career has involved a variety of executive roles at ANZ including General Counsel and Company Secretary, General Manager of ANZ's Direct Banking Group, Chief Executive of ANZ's second registered bank in New Zealand and General Manager of ANZ's Wealth Business. Susan was also a director on many of ANZ's New Zealand subsidiary company Boards.

    In addition to Vista Group, Susan is an Independent Director for Xero, ASB Bank, Trustpower, Property for Industry and The New Zealand Merino Company. Susan is the Co-Chairman and shareholder of the fast growing start-up company Organic Initiative. Susan also chairs the Audit and Risk Committees for Vista Group and The New Zealand Merino Company.

    Susan is a Tribunal Member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and a Trustee on the Fantail Network Trust. Susan is also a past member of the IHC Board, a ministerial appointee to the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women and the Strategic Advisory Board of the New Zealand Heart Foundation.

    Susan's particular interest is helping fast-growing New Zealand companies to succeed in the international market place. Susan was a finalist in the 2014 Westpac New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.

  • James Ogden

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    James Ogden

    INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
    BCA (Hons), (Wellington), FCA, CFInstD

    James brings strong financial expertise to the Board as well as governance experience across a broad range of industries. He has had a distinguished career as an investment banker for over a decade and for eight years he’s worked in the New Zealand dairy industry in chief executive and finance roles. In addition to Vista Group, James is a director of The Warehouse Group Limited, Summerset Group Holdings Limited, and Alliance Group Limited. James is also a member of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and the Investment Committee of Pencarrow Private Equity. James’ previous directorships include New Zealand Post Limited and Kiwibank Limited. He was also a Member of the Council of Victoria University of Wellington.


THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

  • Murray Holdaway

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    Murray Holdaway

    GROUP CEO, VISTA GROUP
    BSc, Mathematics and Computer Science and BCom, Accounting, (University of Auckland)

    Murray is the co-founder and product visionary of Vista Entertainment Solutions and Group CEO of the Vista Group of companies. Prior to Vista, he was a founder of Madison Systems Ltd, a joint venture partner in Vista when it was formed in 1996. Murray has been dedicated full-time to Vista since Madison was sold in 2001. He has over 20 years’ experience in building innovative software for the film industry, and sits on the Vista Group board.

  • Brian Cadzow

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    Brian Cadzow

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL AND LEGAL, VISTA GROUP
    BCom, Accounting and Information Systems, (University of Otago), CA and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants

    Brian is Vista's Commercial and Legal Director and one of the co-founders of the Group. Brian has had a long career in finance positions in the Industrial, Media, Transport and Technology sectors for listed and private companies. He operated his own consulting business for 10 years with Vista Group a major client before he joined them as a full-time employee in his current role in 2008.

    Brian was chair of the Lynfield College Board for 10 years (retired 2013) and is now on the Board of the Titirangi Golf Club (both Auckland, NZ).

  • Rodney Hyde

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    Rodney Hyde

    CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, VISTA GROUP
    BCom (University of Auckland), Chartered Management Account (CIMA UK)

    Rodney is an experienced CFO with extensive International experience having worked in the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway. Before he joined Vista Group in July 2015 Rodney was CFO of Orion Health, NZ’s largest software exporter. During his 4 year tenure at Orion Health, revenue increased from $50m to in excess of $160m and the company executed a successful IPO. Prior to Orion Health Rodney was based in the United States as CFO responsible for the Americas region, with Navico, the global market leader in Marine Electronics.

  • Derek Forbes

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    Derek Forbes

    COO, VISTA GROUP, LOS ANGELES, USA
    BCom, Management Science & Information Systems and BSc, Computer Science (University of Auckland)

    Derek joined Vista Group in 2000 and was involved in the creation of early versions of software for the cinema sector. Subsequently Derek transitioned to software implementation and product management within Vista Entertainment Solutions. In 2005, Derek moved to London where he established Vista’s UK office.

    There he built a team to oversee a broad European operation which introduced Vista Cinema software to new territories including Spain, Greece and Lithuania.

    Derek then moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to establish and lead Vista’s USA office. In 6 years under Derek’s leadership, Vista Entertainment Solutions grew to hold 37% share of the Large Cinema market in the US and the US-based team now exceeds 60. In 2016, Derek was appointed COO, Vista Group (based in Los Angeles), to provide additional support to the Group and business managers.

    www.linkedin.com/in/derekforbes

  • Kimbal Riley

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    Kimbal Riley

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE, VISTA ENTERTAINMENT SOLUTIONS
    BSc, Biochemistry (University of Otago)

    Kimbal was appointed Chief Executive of Vista Entertainment Solutions in July 2015 following his November 2013 appointment to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Formerly, he was COO of Orion Health, New Zealand’s largest software exporter and one of the world’s leading Health IT companies with operations on every continent and customers in over 50 countries. Kimbal was with Orion Health for seven years, during which period the company grew from 120 people to over 700, turnover increased from $20m to in excess of $100m, and offices were established in the USA, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, UK, Singapore, Japan, Dubai, and Thailand. Prior to his tenure at Orion Health Kimbal undertook senior sales and delivery roles in global software and services organisations including CSC, Compaq, EDS, and Nortel.

  • Mischa Kay

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    Mischa Kay

    MANAGING DIRECTOR, VISTA ENTERTAINMENT SOLUTIONS, LONDON, EMEA
    BSc, Computer Science, Information Systems, (University of Auckland)

    Mischa has worked in both the Vista Entertainment Solutions Auckland and London offices and has progressed through the ranks from a student consultant in 2006 to being appointed Managing Director for the EMEA region in 2014. His deep international experience in both the services and project teams in the different offices, as well as his broad experience with customers and partners across the EMEA region, has made him an invaluable asset to the EMEA office.

  • Leon Newnham

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    Leon Newnham

    PRESIDENT, VISTA ENTERTAINMENT SOLUTIONS, LOS ANGELES, USA
    BSc, Information Technology, Computing, 1st Class Honors (University of Ballarat, now Federation University)

    Leon joined Vista Entertainment Solutions in 2009 to assist in establishing the Vista USA Office. In subsequent years, Leon worked with Derek Forbes to grow the US market to a 37% share of the Large Cinema market including building a team of more than 60. During this time Leon held senior roles in both Operations and Sales, driving product localization and building industry partnerships. He was appointed to his current role in 2016 and doubles as an expert speaker at Industry events related to Payment and Mobile technology.

    www.linkedin.com/in/leon-newnham

  • Lawrence Wang

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    Lawrence Wang

    MANAGING DIRECTOR, VISTA CHINA
    Bachelor of Management Studies - Marketing and Finance (University of Waikato, NZ)

    Lawrence was appointed Regional Manager of Vista Entertainment Solutions, China, in 2014 when he moved back to Shanghai following several years in New Zealand in business development and management. He brings an in-depth understanding of both the New Zealand and Chinese cultures and respective business practices. The combination has opened doors to numerous new opportunities and paved the way for the formation of Vista China, a new venture with China Tencent affiliate WePiao, announced in March 2016.

  • William Palmer

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    William Palmer

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MOVIO

    William is the Chief Executive of Movio and co-founder with his business partner Peter Beguely.

    Prior to Movio, William established and subsequently sold a number of successful start-ups, including HRV, Connectnow and Warmo. William is highly experienced in business management, particularly during high growth phases, having nurtured businesses from conception to profitability on a number of occasions.

    William’s primary skill is business development and he is responsible for the sales function within Movio. His approach is particularly hands on and he and his team have successfully established Movio in six markets since launch.

    www.twitter.com/williampalmer
    www.linkedin.com/in/williampalmer

  • Simon Burton

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    Simon Burton

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NUMERO

    Simon is the Chief Executive of Numero and a
    Co-Founder.

    Prior to Numero, Simon held various International management roles with global organisations specialising in media channels measurement and analytical services. Specifically, Simon has more than 15 years’ experience in the entertainment industry managing theatrical box office tracking services. Specialising in International business development, Simon has launched multiple services throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as co-ordinating numerous collaborations and acquisitions to deliver to clients increased global coverage of daily box office results.

    With the launch of Numero in 2014, Simon and his team are proud to be delivering a state-of-the-art Box Office Reporting Platform utilising the Big Data technology of Vista Group Company Movio.

    www.twitter.com/simonburton

  • Bert Huls

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    Bert Huls

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MACCS, GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS
    Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)

    Bert is the Chief Executive and co-founder of Maccs, which provides software to over 90 film distributors in more than 50 territories. Prior to Maccs, Bert was involved in a number of start-ups within the IT industry including a distributor of ticket printers, stock market information systems and IT distribution (resale of hardware and software).

  • Claudiu Tanasescu

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    Claudiu Tanasescu

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CINEMA INTELLIGENCE

    Claudiu Tanasescu is the CEO and founder of Share Dimension, the parent company of Cinema Intelligence. Claudiu started the company several years ago originally building tailor-made business applications for the financial industry. Since 2010, his focus has been the cinema industry and Cinema Intelligence, a collection of business intelligence solutions for cinema exhibitors designed to optimize forecasting, and the planning and scheduling of movies and events proven to increase revenue. Prior to starting Share Dimension, for more than 15 years, Claudiu was a technical expert and IT leader at multinationals Philips and Sustainalytics.

  • Ste Thompson

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    Ste Thompson

    CEO/CREATIVE DIRECTOR, POWSTER
    BSc (Hons) Digital Media (University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom)

    Ste is the Chief Executive and founder of POWSTER, a provider of creative services to over 50 film distributors in over 40 countries and music videos and interactive content to the major music labels. Ste has led the POWSTER creative vision since its foundation in 2009, winning many prestigious awards. Ste’s primary skill is product development and innovation. Prior to POWSTER, he developed creative content for the music and brand industry and studied multimedia, computer game design and digital media.

    www.twitter.com/stethompson
    www.linkedin.com/in/stethompson

  • Paul Scantlebury

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    Paul Scantlebury

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE, FLICKS
    BCom, Marketing and Masters in Film (University of Auckland), Film Production (New York Film Academy)

    Paul is the co-founder of FLICKS launching the product in 2005 in his final year of university. He has run the company ever since, including building the product range and growing the customer base including launching Flicks in Australia in 2014.

    www.linkedin.com/in/pauljamesscantlebury