Leadership & Governance.
Megaport Board of Directors
Founder and Non-Executive Chairman
Bevan has a background in building successful Australian IT and telecommunications companies and an earlier career in administration in local and state government.
In 2013, Bevan established Megaport as the world’s first SDN-based elastic interconnection platform designed to provide a secure, seamless and on-demand way for enterprises, networks and services to interconnect. Bevan successfully launched Megaport in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong before the business was acquired by Megaport Limited in August 2015. Bevan oversaw Megaport’s listing on the ASX in December 2015.
Also in 2013, Bevan founded Superloop Limited with a vision to become the leading independent provider of connectivity services across the Asia Pacific region and the US. Superloop was listed on the ASX in July 2015.
In 2010 Bevan founded NEXTDC Limited, with a vision to become Australia’s largest independent datacenter provider. As the inaugural CEO of NEXTDC, Bevan oversaw its listing on the ASX and its initial facility rollout.
In 2002, Bevan co-founded PIPE Networks which grew to become Australia’s largest Internet Exchange and Australia’s third largest metropolitan fibre network provider. In 2009, PIPE Networks completed construction of Pipe Pacific Cable 1 (PPC-1), a $200 million submarine cable system linking Sydney to Guam. PIPE Networks was sold to TPG for an enterprise value of $420 million in May 2010.
Bevan holds a Master of Business Administration (Hon.) from Central Queensland University.
Chief Executive Officer and Board Director
Michael joins Megaport from Cisco, where he led the pure SaaS Network Visibility Business, ThousandEyes, as Chief Revenue Officer. In that time, he transformed the go-to-market, scaling the team from 150 to nearly 400, expanding into many new countries, and growing the ARR by 2.4 times, making it the largest Cloud, SaaS, and Internet Visibility platform in the world.
Previously Michael spearheaded multiple acquisitions as the WW Head of Sales residing in California, US. Michael is known for his passionate and transformative Sales and Global go-to-market leadership focusing on Culture, People, and Execution. He previously led the Northern Region of Australia for Cisco and, prior to that, led Cisco Sales in Australia’s largest Financial Services customers. He brings over 19 years of industry expertise and experience to Megaport.
Michael holds a Degree in Aerospace Engineering from QUT and was CEO Magazine Sales Executive of the Year 2019.
Jay Adelson has over 30 years of experience in technology and internet businesses globally. Jay co-founded Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) in 1998, and was responsible for the original and sustaining business model that grew it into one of the largest data centre companies in the world.
Jay also was instrumental in the establishment and operation of the original Palo Alto Internet Exchange for Digital Equipment Corporation in 1996.
In 2005, he founded the first internet television network, Revision3, which was acquired by Discovery Communications in 2012.
As CEO of Digg, Jay launched and grew the internet media company to tens of millions of users, and billions of impressions, a month.
Jay has also founded and served as CEO for other successful companies across the technology and internet infrastructure spaces.
Non-Executive Director and Lead Independent Director
Naomi Seddon is an Australian, US and NZ qualified lawyer and is a partner with the global law firm, Littler Mendelson.
With a focus on providing international legal solutions to companies, Naomi has extensive experience assisting companies to enter and grow in new markets including advising on global migration, local employment, data protection and privacy, pay equity and equal employment opportunity issues.
In 2016 Naomi was named one of the top 500 attorneys in the United States for legal advice by Legal 500.
Naomi is also an author and presenter on workplace equity, diversity and inclusion. In addition to her professional legal work, Naomi is a non-executive director of Transmax Pty Ltd, Endometriosis Australia, Surrogacy Australia and United Stages.
Michael Klayko has over 40 years of experience in the data storage, computer, technology and telecommunications industries. During his tenure as CEO of Brocade, he grew the company revenues from less than US$500 million to over US$2.2 billion. Additionally, he has held leadership and Executive positions at leading technology companies including Rhapsody Networks, McDATA Corporation, EMC Corporation, Hewlett Packard, and IBM.
Michael brings a comprehensive understanding of the technology and network solutions industry coupled with extensive experience as a director of other publicly listed technology companies. He is an Operating Executive at Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm. Currently Michael serves as the Chairman of Virgin Pulse and Star Compliance and is a board member of Process Unity and CE Broker.
Melinda has 28 years of experience in finance and has been a professional non executive director since 2010 in a broad range of industries. Melinda is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of ASX listed companies Best & Less Group Holdings, Temple & Webster and Newmark Property REIT. Melinda is also currently Chair of LLS Fund Services.
Melinda has held previous non-executive director roles at WAM Leaders, MLC, Vita Group, Mercer Investments (Australia), Sandon Capital Investments, Our Ark Mutual, and Kennards Self Storage. Prior to her non-executive career, Melinda held investment banking roles with Grant Samuel, Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs and was a solicitor in the corporate division of Herbert Smith Freehills.
Melinda holds a Bachelor of Economics and Laws from the University of Sydney and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Glo has more than 20 years of experience as a senior global executive in business operations strategy and sales at large technology companies including Cisco, Oracle, SAP, and Xerox. She is currently CEO and board member of Matrixx, a leading 5G digital commerce company in Silicon Valley.
At Cisco, as Vice President and General Manager, IoT, Sales and Marketing, Ms Gordon held P&L responsibility for growth and margin for Cisco’s US$1 billion plus IoT business unit. As Group Vice President, Worldwide, at Oracle Corporation, she was head of global BSS/OSS applications sales, contributing double digit growth in recurring revenue for Oracle’s Communications Business Unit for Telcos and Enterprise.
More recently, Glo was Chief Revenue Officer at Uptake, an emerging leader in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analysis.
Celia Pheasant is an experienced in-house information and communications technology lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience. Celia served in as company secretary for Megaport between 2015 and September 2022, and was reappointed to the role in March 2023. Celia is responsible for the corporate governance of its subsidiaries in over 20 countries globally. Celia is also General Counsel for Soda, a leading hub for innovation, incubation, and investment in Australian digital infrastructure and technology businesses.
Celia commenced her career as a solicitor in the telecommunications division at Herbert Smith Freehills before continuing with in-house counsel roles with Hutchison Whampoa and AAPT.
Celia holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Law and Management from the University of New South Wales.
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