​Xero brings IBM veteran on board in double C-level hire

“As we accelerate our growth globally, I am thrilled to have the calibre of Kirsty and Rachael join our Xero corporate team."

Xero has announced the new appointments of Rachael Powell as Chief People Officer and Kirsty Godfrey‐Billy as Chief Accounting Officer, reporting into Chief Financial Officer Sankar Narayan.

Based in Melbourne, Powell previously led the talent function for Zomato across Asia Pacific, as well as spending 12 years with IBM, leading and developing teams across Australia and New Zealand and launching ISV programs into the region.

Most recently a Partner at PwC, Godfrey‐Billy - also the founder of Taranaki Technology - will be based in Wellington to run the finance and accounting advocacy function at Xero.

“As we accelerate our growth globally, I am thrilled to have the calibre of Kirsty and Rachael join our Xero corporate team,” says Sankar Narayan, CFO, Xero.

“Kirsty’s deep knowledge of accounting and her advocacy of the industry is ideal for the next phase of our strategy as we execute on improving our business performance metrics.

“Rachael’s expertise in the technology industry combined with her recent experience in an online business will bring all the necessary skills to build capability across Xero’s global team.

“Rachael and Kirsty will further strengthen our management team as we drive strong global growth.”

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