Meet Our Team

Forward thinking. Experienced. Approachable. Our management team embodies vast knowledge and varied backgrounds that translate to a keen sense of the industry and a synergistic vision for the company. The best part? They’re team players, just like the rest of us.

Chris Brennan

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Chris leads SLI with the vision and experience to inspire management teams, achieve market leadership, scale global growth and deliver outstanding financial performance. Prior to SLI Systems, Chris’ leadership experience spans technology businesses ranging from pre-revenue start-ups to organizations over $1B. He served as CEO/President of six companies including NetAuthority, Contactual (acquired by 8×8), LogLogic (acquired by Tibco), Banter Systems (merged with iPhrase and acquired by IBM), Roamware and UB Networks (acquired by Newbridge Networks). He also served as CFO of Genesys Telecommunications (acquired by Alcatel) and Diamond Lane Communications (acquired by Nokia). Chris has led or participated in successful initiatives that raised over $100M in capital and created nearly $2B in shareholder value. He was twice given the prestigious award of Red Herring 100 North America Winner. Chris has also been member to a number of public and private boards, including international companies and a public university.

Dr. Wayne Munro

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder // PhD

Wayne oversees SLI’s engineering team. He is responsible for the production and maintenance of the client searches as well as the development of the SLI products. Before joining the company, he held senior technical positions with NBCi and GlobalBrain, specializing in software development and theoretical research. Wayne also worked as a research scientist for the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand. He has a PhD in engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he developed new numerical models for structural simulation. Wayne has also published papers in international journals.

Michael Grantham

Chief Information Officer and Co-Founder

Michael is responsible for SLI’s global technology systems. As a co-founder of SLI, he has helped design and implement many of SLI’s products and infrastructure. Prior to SLI, he gained valuable experience in search and systems design at NBCi and GlobalBrain, where he was a lead developer and systems engineer. Michael has also held lead developer positions at Australia and New Zealand’s largest banks. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Canterbury.

Rod Garrett

Chief Financial Officer

Rod has 20 years’ experience in finance and related roles. He worked for Pricewaterhouse in New Zealand and London working mainly on insolvency and corporate recovery assignments before moving into the commercial sector. Before joining SLI in 2006, he was CFO of Christchurch electronics developer and manufacturer Eaton Power Quality Ltd. Rod originally worked for New Zealand owned Swichtec which was acquired by British company Invensys and, ultimately, by the Eaton group. He has an honours degree in accounting and finance from Otago University.

Dr. Blair Cassidy

Chief Product Officer // PhD

Blair is responsible for product development and on-going product management. He has extensive experience leading high performance technical teams, focusing on the design, implementation and usage of highly scalable IT systems. Previously, he was VP of engineering at Eurekster, the pioneering social search company. He spent several years at PA Consulting Group, an international management consultancy, living and working throughout Asia and the USA. He also worked as the data engineer for the search product at NBCi. Blair has held research positions within New Zealand and Japanese institutions, and holds a PhD in computational modelling from Lincoln University.

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