Xero appoints Board Chairman, Director, and CEO for North America

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Xero Limited has bolstered its board and US management team with the appointment of a new board chairman, adding a further US based director, and establishing a new role of CEO, North America following its $150 million capital raise in October 2013.

Chris Liddell takes on the role as board chairman, Bill Veghte has been appointed as a director, and Peter Karpas will lead the US team as CEO, North America.

Xero CEO and Founder Rod Drury says, "As you would expect from a fast-expanding software company, our strategy is to increase US representation on our board. These three, high-caliber appointments are all significant additions to our American-­based leadership team and position us strongly in the US and globally. Adding their combined experience and capabilities will help us become the global leader in small business financial software."

New York-based Chris Liddell has been appointed as independent chairman of the board of Xero Limited, replacing Sam Knowles who has resigned as director and chairman of Xero Limited effective February 11. Liddell most recently worked with General Motors where he held the vice chairman and CFO roles since joining the organization in January 2010. He led the company's global finance operations and its $23 billion IPO in November 2010. Prior to General Motors, Liddell held the senior vice president and CFO roles at Microsoft between 2005 to 2009, served as CFO of International Paper from 2003 to 2005 and held the CFO role at Carter Holt Harvey from 1995 to 1998 before becoming CEO in 1999. Departing chairman of the board Sam Knowles sees Xero's move to a US-­based chairman as the next logical move for Xero's transition to a global business.

Drury says, "Sam has helped guide us through a period of rapid global expansion to over 600 people operating across four countries. His experience ensured we put in place the right foundations, systems, and processes that enabled us to scale, while retaining our nimbleness and culture. We thank him for his enormous contribution and leadership."

Based in San Francisco, Bill Veghte has been appointed an independent non­executive director of Xero Limited. Bill runs HP's Enterprise Group where he is executive vice president and general manager. In his role, he is responsible for the development and delivery of IT infrastructure solutions and the direction, management, and delivery of HP's cloud efforts. HP's Enterprise Group is a $28 billion annual revenue business that includes server, storage, networking, technology services, and cloud solutions. Prior to HP, Veghte spent nearly twenty years at Microsoft where he held roles such as corporate vice president for Windows Server, then corporate vice president, North America, before acting in the role of senior vice president until May 2010.

Peter Karpas will assume the new role of CEO, North America. Peter joins Xero from PayPal where he recently held the position of vice president and general manager, North America for Small & Medium Business. Karpas has also held a number of senior roles at Intuit, including chief marketing and product management officer and senior vice president.

Drury commented, "We are thrilled to have Peter join our team and lead our US business. His proven leadership, comprehensive familiarity with the B2B market in North America in both accounting and payments will help our drive for growth in the USA where there are over 29 million small businesses."

Peter's appointment will be effective as of February 24, 2014.