Rod Drury is founder and CEO of Xero, NZX listed Software as a Service (SaaS) online accounting solution for Small Businesses.
Rod is also a Director of the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
In 2009 Rod won a Flying Kiwi Award and was admitted to the New Zealand HiTech Hall of Fame.
In July 2008 Rod was conferred the status of Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society (HFNZCS), the highest status that can be bestowed on an individual in the ICT profession, for his achievements, advocacy and active mentoring of others in the industry.
Prior to this Rod was Chief Technology Officer of Advantage Group (now Provenco) where he spent significant time in the USA working with leading international technology companies.
In 1995 Rod established Glazier Systems, one of New Zealand’s leading software development and consulting companies. Glazier Systems was acquired by Advantage Group in 1999 and continues today as Intergen.
In the late 80s to early 90s Rod worked primarily for Ernst & Young/Arthur Young, as well as spending several years working on telecommunication billing systems both in New Zealand and the United States.
Through his career Rod has maintained a close relationship with Microsoft and was selected as New Zealand’s first representative on the Microsoft MSDN Regional Director program, holding the role from 1997 to 2000. Rod achieved Microsoft MVP status for his work in the early days of Active Server Pages.
Rod was an Independent Director of TradeMe - New Zealand’s most successful eCommerce Internet site- when it was sold to listed Australian media giant Fairfax. Rod continues on the TradeMe Advisory Board. Rod joined NZ Trade & Enterprise Beachheads Programme Advisory Board in August 2006 and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Rod has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) from Victoria University of Wellington majoring in Accounting and sits on the Commerce Facility Advisory Board.
Prior to having three children, Rod enjoyed windsurfing, surfing, mountain biking and snowboarding.
Contact: rod @ drury.net.nz