Certus is predominantly owned and operated by its executive management team. Together, the team is growing a unique specialist IBM systems integration company, already the largest and fastest growing across Australia and New Zealand, and totally committed to the Certus PurePlay philosophy of total focus on delivering the best business outcomes for IBM clients.
Chief Executive Officer
Brian Allen has been instrumental in the strategic development of a number of successful IT software and service companies. Brian was appointed a director of Certus Solutions in 2005. He holds a BS (Distinction) in Public Accounting from St Cloud University in Minnesota, USA and did post-graduate studies in Management Information Systems at the University of Minnesota.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Kohler (CA)is Chief Financial Officer of Certus, with responsibility for Finance and Administration. He brings to the Certus role many years of financial management experience in large and smaller corporate environments such as Air New Zealand and Deloitte. Prior to this Michael served as a Pilot Officer in the SA Airforce for 7 years and holds a BCom & BAcc from the University of Witwatersrand.
Solutions Director, Licensing Services
Miriam Redding's IT industry experience across the US, Australia, & New Zealand, has spanned sales and operational roles, involving sourcing, consulting, strategy and management. Harnessing this range of experience she established Certus’ licensing practice, which focuses on enabling clients to gain maximum benefit from their IBM software investments. She is supported by a committed and capable team focused on customer value through effective processes. Miriam majored in Education, at East Georgia University, USA, holds an A.A. and is IAITAM SAM certified.
Country Manager, New Zealand
Lee Eglinton spent 10 years in senior business development and consulting services roles at IBM. She also established IBM’s New Zealand Business Analytics and Optimisation practice. As Country Manager Lee is responsible for the strategy and execution of the New Zealand Business Plan as well as coordinating the lines of business to deliver sophisticated solutions capabilities to New Zealand clients. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a BCom.
Maarten van der Zeyden
Director/Solutions Director, Asset & Industry Portfolio
Maarten van der Zeyden has a background in transforming asset and infrastructure businesses using effective technologies to deliver enhanced practices. He is on the Certus board of directors and is also responsible for the Enterprise Asset Management and Industry Solutions portfolios. Maarten holds an engineering degree from the University of Auckland and is certified in a range of IBM software solutions.
Solutions Director, IM/Finance Portfolio
Julien Redmond has responsibility for the Certus Information Management and Business Analytics practices. With more than a decade of experience in this field, Julien is a thought leader in the areas of big data, predictive analytics, trusted data management and information governance.
James has travelled the globe for the last 25 years: designing, delivering, and supporting data-driven insight solutions for hundreds of clients; from major enterprises to small businesses and startups. James is a firm believer that data, correctly organised, adds value to any industry problem; as he has proven in his previous roles at News Corp, Acxiom, and GE Money across publishing, finance, retail, high tech, and utilities. James is a recognised speaker and podcaster on the subject of data: sharing his knowledge, insight, and enthusiasm with anyone who will listen.
GM People and Performance
Experienced in developing and leading high performing teams, and developing and implementing HR and OD strategies that impact and enable business performance. Rachel has a depth of experience in generalist human resources (strategic and operational), organisational development, cultural transformation, strategic change management, learning and development, industrial and employment relations, environment, sustainability, health and safety, and corporate social responsibility across Australia, New Zealand, France, and Italy.
Digital Solutions Specialist
Shane has an extensive entrepreneurial and consulting background in technology and IT. Driven to realise a dream of making business problem solving and software development intuitive, he co-founded Core Technology, an award-winning software development company which was then acquired by Certus in 2016. Shane is a natural entrepreneur combining a consultative leadership style and a passion for excellence. Shane is uncompromising about using technology to serve people and radically improve process and productivity.
As Certus Portfolio Director Craig is responsible for driving our innovation initiatives. Craig has over 20 years IT and telecommunications experience providing strategic direction, driving revenue growth and overseeing commercial and operational matters. Previously Craig was CEO of Sush Mobile, a NZ-based enterprise mobility provider and prior to that, Head of Mobile Products with Spark New Zealand where he led the development and delivery of product strategy for Spark NZ’s mobile portfolio. He has a wealth of international experience with companies such as BT and Telstra also in senior management roles.
Industry Director, Asset Intensive Industries
Michael has gained over 20 years’ experience in the Asset Centric Industries. He combines his consultative approach, and a deep knowledge of IBM, and emerging technologies to create unique and innovative business solutions that deliver competitive advantage. Based in New Zealand, but with an international outlook, he have taken on transformative projects for numerous international organisations, with a proven record of success.