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 six, six Group managers, and four company leaders.

The Board

  • Susan Peterson

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    Susan Peterson

    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 Nomination and Remuneration Committee for Vista Group.

    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.

  • Cris Nicolli

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    Cris Nicolli

    Bachelor of Management Studies, Business, Marketing, Accounting (University of Waikato)

    Cris was appointed as a non-executive director of Vista Group in February 2017. Cris brings strong expertise in the IT Industry, together with experience in growing and building multi-faceted IT-based businesses including a publicly listed ASX Company. He has a great balance of commercial and governance skills.

    Cris started his professional life in Finance and Accounting with roles in New Zealand and the UK. He subsequently moved into the IT industry and has had a significant career across the Asia Pacific region in sales, sales management, consulting, software and leadership roles including 12 years with previously ASX-listed UXC Limited – five of those years as CEO and Managing Director. Prior to UXC, Cris held senior roles with Digital/Compaq for 20 years. Having recently retired from UXC Limited, Cris is looking to provide his business skills in a non-executive capacity.

    Cris is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a past member of the New Zealand Society of Accountants. He is a New Zealander who has been living in Australia for the last 30 years.

  • James Ogden

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    James Ogden

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

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

  • Murray Holdaway

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    Murray Holdaway

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

    Murray is the co-founder and product visionary of Vista Entertainment Solutions and Chief Product Officer 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.

  • Claudia Batten

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    Claudia Batten

    Degrees in Law (Hons) and Commerce (Victoria University of Wellington)

    Since Claudia graduated Victoria University of Wellington in 1998 with degrees in Law (Hons) and Commerce, she has been a founding member of two highly successful entrepreneurial ventures. As part of the founding team of Massive Incorporated, she helped pioneer “digital” as a media buy. Massive was sold to Microsoft in 2006, where Claudia then spent 3 years scaling the in-game network. In 2009, she co-founded Victors & Spoils, the first advertising agency built on the principles of crowdsourcing. After two years in-market, V&S was acquired by French holding company Havas Worldwide. Claudia most recently spent three years running North American operations for NZTE. She is Chairperson of NZX- and ASX-listed digital travel company Serko, a Director of NZX- and ASX-listed Vista Group, and digital advisor to the board of Westpac New Zealand.

  • Kirk Senior

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    Kirk Senior

    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.

Vista Group Management

  • Kimbal Riley

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    Kimbal Riley


    Kimbal was appointed Group CEO in April 2018 following his July 2015 appointment to the role of Chief Executive of Vista Entertainment Solutions. Kimbal first joined Vista as Chief Operating Officer in November 2013. 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.

  • Kelvin Preston

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    Kelvin Preston


    Kelvin leads Vista’s legal team, providing legal support to all of Vista Group’s businesses globally. Prior to joining Vista Group, Kelvin worked in private practice for over 12 years advising listed issuers, private businesses and private equity sponsors on corporate and commercial matters as well as a wide range of significant corporate transactions, including public and private acquisitions and divestments, takeovers, and corporate structuring.

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  • Matt Cawte

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    Matt Cawte


    Matt leads Vista’s group finance team, providing finance support and commercial guidance to the Vista ecosystem. Prior to joining Vista, Matt headed the sales, marketing and finance functions at Biomatters, a bioinformatics SaaS and subscription business, including its successful sale to the US software investor Insight Partners. Prior to that he spent five years as General Manager for Ixom NZ (formerly Orica), NZ’s largest chemicals business. Matt has a strong background in innovative and high growth technology companies; he was CFO for Wellington Drive Technologies and has held commercial, finance and technology leadership roles in Lion Nathan, Mediasoup, Sony Playstation Europe and Oracle Europe.

  • Evan Bateup

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    Evan Bateup


    Evan is Vista Group’s Chief People Officer with responsibility for leading the team supporting Vista in our continued focus on attracting, engaging and rewarding our great talent globally. Prior to joining Vista in 2016, Evan’s experience ranged from large listed organisations (SKYCITY Entertainment Group) and start-ups (Sovereign Insurance) as well as international experience with Pfizer (United Kingdom). While his career has primarily been in People and Culture he has also held positions in marketing, sales, programme management, change management and operations.

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    Holly is the Head of Marketing for Vista Group, Vista Entertainment Solutions, and Movio. She leads the global marketing and brand strategy as well as leading the marketing and design team. Holly joined Movio in 2016 and became Head of Marketing for Movio in 2018. Previously she held various marketing positions at Thomson Reuters in both London and New York.

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    Jason heads up the Commercial function within Vista and is responsible for providing innovative commercial solutions for the Group. Prior to joining Vista Group in 2018, Jason held senior commercial roles in New Zealand with Spark and Vodafone. Jason also spent 10 years in Europe working in the media and telecoms sectors with companies such as Orange and FremantleMedia.

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Group Companies Leadership

  • William Palmer

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    William Palmer


    William is the Chief Executive and co-founder of Movio. He drives Movio’s worldwide strategy and specializes in the creation and commercialization of technology, focused on data-driven marketing for the film industry. Prior to founding Movio, William established and subsequently sold a number of successful start-ups, including HRV, Connectnow, Warmo, and Yuno. William is highly experienced in business management, particularly during high growth phases, having nurtured businesses from conception to profitability on a number of occasions.

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  • Leon Newnham

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    Leon Newnham


    Leon is the Chief Executive of Vista Entertainment Solutions. He joined the company in 2009 to assist in establishing the Vista USA Office. In subsequent years, Leon worked with the team to grow the US market share to 37% 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. Leon became President, Vista Entertainment Solutions USA in 2016 and in May 2018 was appointed to his current global role leading Vista’s largest business.

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  • Simon Burton

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    Simon Burton


    Simon is the Chief Executive of Numero and MACCS. Prior to co-founding Numero, Simon held various International management roles with global organisations specialising in media channels measurement and analytical services. Specifically, Simon has more than 20 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.

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  • Ste Thompson

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    Ste Thompson


    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.

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