Connexion Telematics Ltd (“CXZ”) is pleased to advise of the appointment of Mr Greg Ross and Mr Simon Scalzo as Independent Non-Executive Directors of the Company, and the appointment of Mr Aaryn Nania as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Greg Ross
Greg is currently an Investor and Advisor for several Connected Car businesses, working as an independent consultant and as Connected Car Practice Lead for the industry’s premier automotive consultancy, motormindz LLC.
Based in Detroit, Greg is widely considered an expert in the Connected Car industry, and the activation of this technology through new and innovative business models. Greg’s experience is founded on a 31-year career with General Motors, where he built and managed an extensive, multi-million-dollar global portfolio of strategic alliances for GM’s Connected Car business, including Wireless Carriers, Satellite Radio Broadcasters, Insurance Carriers, Streaming Music Providers, Fleet Management companies, Car Rental companies, Car Sharing services, App Developers, and many others.
Greg was also instrumental in the growth and scaling of GM’s OnStar business. Prior to his work in Connected Car, Greg’s General Motors career included leadership roles in Corporate Strategy, Product Development, Product Marketing, and Retail Network Development. Greg holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Mr Simon Scalzo
Simon has extensive experience both locally and in the USA market, founding multiple successful software businesses in the Automotive sector amongst other related industry verticals.
Locally, Simon’s experience extends to founding Evoke autopay, an automotive-focused BNPL solution allowing consumers to pay for their car service over time, interest free. He then merged this business into Openpay Ltd (ASX:OPY) where he led the group as CEO. Simon was also a director of Credit Clear Ltd (ASX:CCR), where he led the group as Managing Director.
Simon holds several director and advisory roles across many different technology businesses, including MeldCX and a director of AOPEN global solutions group. In the USA Simon is also a director of Carsfast.com (USA based digital automotive dealership), Remitter.com (USA based digital collections technology platform) assisting with strategy, growth, governance and continued product evolution. Prior to this, Simon was a Partner & Board member at BDO Australia, leading BDO’s national retail advisory practice, specialising in the retail and automotive industries.
Simon brings great expertise to Connexion, bolstering governance and providing a further layer of significant USA Automotive experience and industry relationships, extending to US dealerships, OEMs and critical industry executives.
Both appointments are a result of an extensive search for additional Non-Executive Directors undertaken by the Board of CXZ.
Managing Director Aaryn Nania said, “We are delighted with the addition of Greg and Simon to our growing team at Connexion. Both individuals bring a wealth of highly relevant experience, complementary skills and an extensive network of industry contacts from which the Company will be able to draw upon as it expands its reach in the US Automotive Software market.”
Appointment of Managing Director
Following a period of detailed review, CXZ is also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Aaryn Nania to the role of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Nania has an extensive entrepreneurial background, including as co-founder of one of Connexion’s key financiers through the Company’s turnaround phase some years ago. Since 2018, Mr Nania has held directorships at both ASX-listed and unlisted companies and has undertaken the role of Interim CEO at the Company since August 2020.
Chairman Robert Downey said, “The appointment of Greg, Simon and Aaryn as Managing Director provides the Company with the management and leadership the Company needs to execute on our exciting development plans. Together with our dedicated and hardworking employees, we look forward to delivering on our dynamic development strategy”.