Data exchange platform Data Republic has appointed Steve Prestidge as Chief Revenue Officer.

Prestidge has worked in senior leadership positions for Dell Computers, Getty Images and ReachLocal across Europe, Australasia and North America, and will bring a wealth of knowledge from his roles as global sales and business leader to Data Republic.

Based on the west coast of the United States, Prestidge will drive the commercialisation of the business in US and Asian markets, by enabling the technology platform and engaging with potential partners, clients and data providers in both regions.

Paul McCarney, Co-Founder and CEO of Data Republic, welcomed Prestidge’s US-based appointment:

“Steve’s passion for business growth and experience in driving revenue will be a great fit for Data Republic as the organisation continues to grow,” he said.

“With the global open data movement, we’ve seen the overall market potential grow significantly over the past two years, so hiring someone of Steve’s calibre in the US, is not only a coup for Data Republic, but will help us take full advantage of the growth potential.”

“Steve’s proven experience in planning and managing business expansion for a wider team will be an integral driver for the company’s overall growth.”

Speaking of the appointment, Prestidge said, “Right now data is the most important business commodity, however, it is something both companies and governments need help to understand. To get the chance to work with a company like Data Republic, with such differentiation and passion for growth in an industry that is truly going to drive our future economy is very exciting.”

In May, Andrew Rothwell co-founder and head of sales of payments provider Tyro joined Data Republic as Chief Operating Officer.

Backed by Qantas, NAB and Westpac, Data Republic builds technology which solves the complex legal barriers to data exchange, making it simpler and more secure for organisations to exchange data for insights. Their central governance platform and marketplace helps organisations discover, request and effectively govern data exchange projects.

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