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Syl Research Appoints John Holt as Chairman


Wellington-based software company Syl Research (Syl) has appointed John Holt, the co-founder and Chairman of Kiwi Landing Pad (KLP) as chairman of its board of directors.

Syl’s managing director Sean Wilson said, “John has a distinguished track record of achievements across large multinational companies and high growth innovative enterprises including the ICT, banking and recruitment sectors. He has also established NZ technology companies and successfully taken them into the US market; including Sonar6, which he and his business partners sold to NASDAQ listed Cornerstone on Demand in 2012.

“Having proven our technology in the New Zealand market, Syl has now embarked on an accelerated growth plan to expand offshore and make the Syl a truly global company. John has the necessary experience and connections to help make the company’s aspirations a reality.”

A former Cantabrian, today John divides his time between Wellington and San Francisco and is the chairman and a director of KLP, 90 Seconds TV, and Modlar, and is a director of Generator. He has previously held senior roles with ANZ Banking Group, Hewlett Packard, Wheeler Campbell Consulting and IBM.

Syl’s board currently comprises John Holt, Shayne Hunter, Lindsay Jackson, Craig Jones, John Selby and managing director Sean Wilson.

Sean Wilson said, “Syl’s directors and management welcome John and look forward to his leadership in assisting us achieve our strategic objectives. I also acknowledge the contribution over the past two years of John Selby as chairman of the Syl establishment board and Marcel van den Assum, who has recently resigned as a director. Both Marcel and John Selby have contributed to Syl progressing from a start-up to a high-growth company with international ambitions.”


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