Waikato BI solutions firm continues growth with new NZ GM role

“What began as a two-man band eight years ago is now a 35-strong team of software developers, sales strategists, account managers and hardware experts.”

Global GPS fleet management and business intelligence solutions company, Smartrak Limited, has appointed Kahl Betham into the newly established New Zealand General Manager (GM) role.

Based in Hamilton, COO Bryce Herbert says the birth of the role was prompted by the company’s ongoing growth over the past few years.

“Since its beginnings in 2006, Smartrak has established a global reputation for innovation and excellence in GPS fleet management and business intelligence solutions,” he says.

“What began as a two-man band eight years ago is now a 35-strong team of software developers, sales strategists, account managers and hardware experts.”

Herbert says it’s important for the company to have strong leadership to move into its next phase of growth and development, centred around delivering geospatial solutions to the market.

“We believe Kahl’s proven strategic and leadership abilities make him a perfect fit for this new management position,” he adds.

Betham brings to Smartrak 17 years of experience with Gallagher Security, where he maintained a position on the executive leadership team and led the global product management and business analyst teams.

His key areas of expertise include business-led product strategy, research and development strategic direction, and commercial strategy, key qualities in achieving of the group’s objectives.

“I am excited to have joined Smartrak. It’s a customer-centric, fast-moving and innovative company, with a highly regarded technical capability,” Betham adds.

“I look forward to providing leadership to help Smartrak grow through its next stage of evolution.”

Founded in the Waikato, Smartrak has been recognised by four prestigious awards in the past four years, including the Deloitte Asia Pacific Fast 500 in 2010 and 2011, and the Deloitte Fast 50 award for the fastest-growing technology company in the North Island in 2010.

Eight years following its inception, the company has over 400 customers, including more than half the country's councils, and is looking at revenue growth of 250 percent in the next two years.

“As we continue to grow, we look forward to bringing in new people, new ideas, and new skills, so we can maintain our single-minded focus on providing the very best in geospatial business intelligence solutions,” Herbert adds.

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