Former Xero CEO, firm director and tech investor Chris Ridd has returned to the startup coalface because the chief exec of Brisbane enterprise EventsAir.
Ridd, who’s been chairing the corporate’s board since early 2022, introduced by way of LinkedIn that he’s excited to be again on the C-suite.
“As I mirror again on my 30 yr profession, I’ve been concerned with occasions of all sizes from the very starting. These embody overseeing TechEd and lots of different giant advertising occasions at Microsoft in the course of the 2000’s,” he mentioned.
“As CEO of Xero in Australia, I helped architect the Xero roadshow collection in addition to the very first Australian Xerocon in 2011, now one of the crucial iconic know-how occasions within the Southern Hemisphere. The occasions business has been by an excessive amount of turmoil and confronted many challenges over the previous 2 years, however it’s bouncing again.”
Whereas EventsAir has been round for the reason that ’90s, the enterprise pivoted into event-tech over the previous decade, ramping up these capabilities in the course of the pandemic to supply digital occasions. It’s based mostly in Brisbane with greater than 120 workers and a world buyer base throughout APAC, EMEA and the US.
“EventsAir established itself as a frontrunner by agile innovative know-how,” Ridd mentioned.
“Producing over 350,000 occasions worldwide, EventsAir is a frontrunner within the occasions business servicing world main prospects within the associations, skilled occasion organisers, company, authorities and training sectors.”
The enterprise lately had a personal fairness capital injection from Riverside Companions.
“With the business quickly shifting again to in-person occasions this appears like the best time for me to be leaping into the CEO function,” Ridd mentioned.
“I imagine the mixture of our longevity and monitor document of innovation signifies that EventsAir is nicely positioned to capitalise on the massive alternative within the occasions tech market within the years forward.”
Ridd will proceed to be based mostly in Melbourne whereas establishing digs in Brisbane, including that as a part of the function, he’ll be spending loads of time abroad promoting EventsAir to the world.
And for folks in search of tech jobs, EventsAir at the moment has 20 open roles in Queensland.