Rob Newman

Dr Rob Newman PhD and B.Eng (Elec)
Chief Executive Officer

Rob was appointed as a director of nearmap (formerly ipernica) on 17 February 2011. He has established a unique track record as a successful Australian high technology entrepreneur in both Australia and Silicon Valley. He has twice founded and built businesses based on Australian technology, both times successfully entering overseas markets. One of those companies, Atmosphere Networks, was established by Rob with US Venture Capital backing of US$34M and he ran it until it was acquired for US$123M.

Rob is a trained engineer but has spent his career in marketing, business development and general management in Information Technology focusing on communications. Rob is now a venture capitalist co-founding Stone Ridge Ventures, and was previously an investment director for Foundation Capital. As a venture capitalist, Rob has extensive experience in identifying and helping grow companies with significant commercial potential, especially those addressing overseas markets.

In the 1980's, Rob was the inventor and co-founder of QPSX Communications Pty Ltd. After founding the company, Rob provided the technical leadership and product strategy. Rob was instrumental in establishing QPSX as a worldwide standard for Metropolitan Area Networks and the company successfully sold products to Telecommunication Carriers in Australia, Europe, Asia and the US.

Dr Newman's formal qualifications include a PhD and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1st class honors) from the University of Western Australia. He has been recognised with a number of awards including the Bicentennial BHP Pursuit of Excellence Award (Youth Category) and Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year 1987.

Current directorships
nearmap ltd (since February 2011)

Former directorships
none

Special duties
Chairman of the audit and risk committee
Member of the remuneration committee
Member of the nomination committee