Board of Directors 2017-10-08T20:49:35+00:00

Datagate’s Board of Directors

Datagate’s board of directors is made up of individuals who each have a strong track record in creating shareholder value.

Chairman Dr Jens Neiser owns Neiser Capital and manages the Neiser Capital Investment Fund, which holds a significant stake in Enprise Group, Datagate’s major shareholder. Non-Executive Director Malcolm McDonald is an independent investor and director. He was the founding director of BankLink. Mark Loveys is CEO and Executive Director of Datagate. Over the last 30 years, Mark has started, built up and sold many businesses and has been described, by the New Zealand Herald in 2011, as ‘one of New Zealand’s most successful serial software entrepreneurs.’

Jens Neiser

Chairman

Dr. Jens Neiser owns Neiser Capital and manages the Neiser Capital Investment Fund, which holds a significant stake in Enprise Group – Datagate’s major shareholder. From 2006 to 2011, Jens served in the roles of non-Executive Chairman and then non-Executive Director of Datasquirt Limited (DSQ Holdings) which went on to become Enprise Group Ltd.

Originally from Düsseldorf, Germany, he holds a Masters Degree in Law and Economics and a PhD in Economics.

Jens has a wealth of merger & acquisition, venture capital and private equity consulting and management experience working both for independent clients and for companies such as Boston Consulting Group, where he was a managing partner.  He moved to Australia in 2006 to pursue investment opportunities in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.  Jens holds director and supervisory board member positions at a number of listed and unlisted companies.

Malcolm McDonald

Non-Executive Director

Malcolm MacDonald is an independent investor and director. He was the founding director of BankLink, which supplies banking and accounting software and services to accountants. Malcolm sold BankLink to MYOB for $136 million in 2013. By then BankLink was supporting 5,000 accounting practices offering solutions to more than 350,000 small to medium-sized businesses in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Malcolm has made a substantial investments in Datagate and Enprise Group via ICE Angels, an Auckland-based angel investment network that was founded by the ICEHOUSE business incubator.

Malcolm was educated in Kenya and South Africa, and has a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland.

Malcolm McDonald, Non-Executive Director, Datagate
Mark Loveys, CEO & Executive Director, Datagate

Mark Loveys

CEO and Executive Director

Dubbed ‘one of New Zealand’s most successful serial software entrepreneurs’ (NZ Herald 9 March 2011), Mark Loveys was the original developer of Exonet, the innovative and highly successful ERP software suite which is now called MYOB Exo. (Read the full story of how Exonet evolved from its creation at PC Direct in the mid 90s to the product sold today here).

Mark was the former Chairman and co-founder of Datasquirt, an SMS non-voice messaging company which listed on the ASX and was acquired by LiveOps Inc in December 2011.

As co-founder and former CEO of Enprise Group, he helped establish the New Zealand-developed EMS-Cortex ‘cloud control panel’ software as a leading international solution in its product niche and was instrumental in the successful sale of EMS Cortex to Citrix Corporation in February 2011.

Mark holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Auckland.

Mark Loveys’ story

In the 1980s, following the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree at Auckland University, Mark became the lead singer, songwriter and founding member of the popular band “Satellite Spies” who had a local hit record in New Zealand with the title track of their album “Destiny in Motion”. In 1986 the band supported “Dire Straits” on the New Zealand leg of their worldwide “Brothers in Arms” tour.

In the early 1990s Mark founded a business called “Orbit Software” which developed and marketed an MS-DOS based SME accounting package called “Orbit Accounts” for small businesses. In 1995 he sold Orbit Software to a successful New Zealand PC computer hardware manufacturer & retailer called “PC Direct”. Mark then joined their management team as Information Services Manager. PC Direct was the most prominent and successful PC Computer retailer in New Zealand during the 1990s and was sold to Blue Star Group for $20M in 1998.

During his time at PC Direct, Mark and his development team developed a Windows client-server ERP solution called “DirectVision” for PC Direct’s own internal use. This was cutting edge technology at that time and DirectVision gave PC Direct a significant competitive advantage in automating the main elements of its business.

In 1998, after his time at PC Direct, Mark teamed up with PC Direct’s founder Maurice Bryham and PC Direct’s CEO David McKee Wright to build a new ERP product called “Exonet” which was based on experience and skills gained at PC Direct. Exonet used cutting edge technology of the day and was rapidly and well received by the SME business software market in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. In the year 2000 (only 2 years after being founded), the Exonet business was sold to Australian listed “Solution 6” for AU$ 30M. Today Exonet is owned by MYOB and has been renamed to MYOB Exo. It is the market-leading SME business management software package in its space in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2001, Mark in conjunction with business partners Maurice Bryham, David McKee Wright and Aaron Ridgway formed a new business called “Datasquirt” to develop short message solutions for corporate customers. Bryham and McKee Wright departed the business soon afterwards and in 2007 Datasquirt was floated on the Australian stock exchange (ASX). Mark is currently Chairman and non-executive director of Datasquirt.

In 2002 Mark and two former Exonet managers, Elliot Cooper and Leanne Graham, acquired the direct sales division of Exonet (called “Enprise”) back from Solution 6. Enprise is the largest Exonet (now called MYOB Exo) reseller in New Zealand and sells business solutions to the largest NZ-based Exo customers. In 2005 Enprise raised venture capital from “TMT Ventures” and acquired a Cloud Control Panel developer called “EMS Cortex” and also built up a global SAP Solution Partner business called Enprise Software. Mark was the CEO of Enprise Group until September 2015.

In February 2011 EMS Cortex was SOLD to Citrix Systems for an undisclosed amount.

In December 2011 Datasquirt was SOLD to LiveOps for US $12.5M cash.

Through Enprise’s global partnership with SAP, Mark was a founding member and Chairman of the SAP Business One Global Solution Partner Advisory Council (SPAC). This is a global organisation that meets regularly to advise and consult with SAP on matters relating to the global SME market.

In September 2015, Mark stood down from his role as CEO of NZAX-listed Enprise Group to focus his efforts as the full-time CEO of cloud startup business, “Datagate Innovation”.