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Fergus Software appoints David Holmes as new CEO

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Fergus, New Zealand’s leading job management platform for growing trades businesses, has appointed David Holmes as Chief Executive Officer to spearhead the company’s growth in Australasia and beyond.

Holmes has over 20 years experience in the digital industry across Asia Pacific. Most notably part of the team to launch eBay downunder in 1999, and helping found and grow Australia’s largest digital agency, Isobar.

His success driving business growth and leading investor relations is what set him apart from a high calibre pool of candidates. Holmes was instrumental in growing CarAdvice from #8 to #1 in new car audience in Australia and then selling it to Nine Entertainment (ASX:NEC). He also sits on the Board of HR SaaS platform JXT and global social commerce platform Tell Me Group as Chairman.

The appointment comes at a time when trades businesses globally are recognising the need for technology solutions to drive greater operational efficiencies. "David's experience building teams and expanding go-to-market capabilities compliments Fergus’ longstanding product leadership. Under his direction we look forward to continued market share growth in Australia and beyond" comments Howard Leibman, early Fergus investor and a director on the board.

Fergus is the creation of Dan Pollard, plumber turned tech entrepreneur and former CEO. Having done the hard yards as a plumber for over 20 years, Pollard was determined to come up with an easier way to manage the end-to-end operations of his trades business. Pollard’s intricate industry knowledge and passion for helping tradies realise their own true potential has been the backbone of Fergus’ success to date.

"We’ve reached a point where we need someone like David to take the reins. We want to help even more trades businesses globally and he brings a growth focus that will allow us to do just that. My job now is to continue to represent the tradie within Fergus and help David as much as I can" says Pollard.

Holmes is impressed with what the team at Fergus have achieved since their inception in 2012. "I’m passionate about businesses from this part of the world with a legitimate path to global expansion. Fergus is a rare find that fits this description. Its purpose is inspired, its people are amazing and customers love the product."

Recent recipients of a Highly Commended award in the Emerging Company of the Year category at the 2019 New Zealand Hi-Tech awards, Fergus is making its presence felt in the Job Management Solution market. Holmes says, "Already servicing thousands of tradesmen and women globally, Fergus is well positioned to accelerate its growth in Australia and beyond. I can’t overstate how excited I am to join the team."

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