Board and Management
Terry Winters – Chairman
Terry serves as Chairman and Non-Executive Director on the Boards of a number of Charities and Public and Private Companies in Australia and the US. Terry is widely recognised throughout the Information Technology and Communications (ITC) industries and within Government in Australia for his leading role as an advocate of deregulation and industry restructuring and for his vision and leadership that led to the formation and development of Optus Communications Pty Ltd (Australia’s second telecommunications carrier) in the period 1989 to 1992. Terry also founded Link Telecommunications Pty Ltd. and worked in a number of senior executive roles for Motorola in Australasia and the US. Terry is currently Chairman of Seeing Machines Limited, a Director of Redflex Holdings Limited and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rob is an experienced business executive with more than 20 years of management experience including the past 18 years in senior positions within companies operating in the security industry. Prior to joining FFT, he was with Vision Systems Limited, where he served as the General Manager of Asia Pacific for their Fire and Security systems. In addition to his international sales and marketing success, Rob has extensive experience in operations management, including product engineering, procurement, manufacturing and operations. He has previously had 10 years experience with IBM in Australia and the United States. Rob is currently chairman of Maxsec Ltd holds no other positions on boards of other Australian listed companies.
Dr Fred Davis – Non Executive Director
Fred is an experienced leader manager of technology innovation businesses having worked for the last 19 years in senior management positions and former FFT Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining FFT, Fred led Business and New Product Development for Universal Biosensors Inc., and was CEO and Business Unit Director for Invetech Pty Ltd, a leading contract product development and manufacturing firm that played a pivotal role in the success of ASX listed Vision Systems Limited. Fred’s specialist experience includes strategic management, business development, and advanced technology development and manufacturing.
Mark Stevens – Non Executive Director
With more than 25 years of experience in senior management roles with multi-national corporations, Mark is a seasoned exective with broad experience in sales and general management in the Telecom and IT sector. Mark has a successful track record of developing and growing profitable businesses in Asia, Americas and Australia/New Zealand. Mark has held senior positions with Nortel Networks Inc., Aircom International Limited, ECI Telecom Ltd and is currently VP Asia at Transmode AB.
Chris Fergus – Non Executive Director
Chris is the CEO of AVA Global, and SVP Strategy and Business Development for MaxSec Group Limited (MSP) – an ASX listed security product and services company. Chris also serves as an Executive Director on the board of MSP. Chris has extensive experience within the security integration and services sectors. Prior to his role at MSP, Chris was employed for 20 years with G4S, the world’s leading security services provider. Having joined G4S in 1994, Chris worked across a number of continents, most recently as Regional Managing Director, Middle East, managing a portfolio of Security & FM joint ventures, with a total revenue in excess of US$1 billion.
Leigh Davis – Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary
Leigh is a CPA with more than 20 years finance and accounting experience across a range of industries including energy, technology and telecommunications. Leigh has served as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of both ASX listed and unlisted companies, and has previously held Commercial Finance and Corporate Reporting roles in Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe for NYSE, NASDAQ and FTSE listed companies. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree and a MBA from London Business School. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Jim Katsifolis – Vice President, Research & Development
Jim is an experienced R&D leader and manager with more than 20 years experience in photonics and fibre optic technologies. Having joined FFT in 2004, he has been instrumental in the development, commercialisation and patenting of FFT’s leading technologies. Prior to joining FFT, Jim was Development Team Leader at VPIsystems Inc., and Associate Lecturer in the Dept Electronic Engineering at La Trobe University. Jim’s specialist experience includes managing product lifecycles from research to in-market success, and building and managing a complex patent portfolio.