Blackpearl Group is a technology company that builds, acquires and markets data driven cloud services, consisting of a suite of productivity and digital marketing applications for small-to-medium sized businesses (SMB)
Through leveraging elements or entire components from the Pearl Engine, companies within the Group can access new markets, increase their value proposition, and improve their cost-to-revenue ratio faster and at near zero marginal cost.
We believe there is exponential growth waiting to be unlocked through the application of our technology, data, and talent.
FY23 Annual Report
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Board of Directors
Tim Crown is a co-founder and current Chairman of the Insight Enterprises Board, a global IT solutions company listed on the Fortune 500 and publicly trading on NASDAQ. Insight Enterprises employs more than 10,000 professionals in 19 different countries, with over US $9.4 billion of net sales in 2021.
In addition to serving as Chairman of the Blackpearl Group board, Tim also holds leadership roles at Redcatracing. com, Stormwind.com, Nocira.com, Coplex.com, and the Crown Foundation, a charitable organisation that provides educational services for both children and adults in the USA. Tim also instigated the establishment of the 501(c)3 Summit School of Ahwatukee for Preschool through to eighth grade in the year 2000. The school has received national and state level awards, including the 2012-2013 Creative Achievement Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Today, the Summit School serves close to 500 students.
Tim resides in Arizona, USA and joined the Blackpearl Group board in January 2020 as Chairman. Tim is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee. The Board considers that Tim is not an independent director.
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Nick Lissette is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blackpearl Group.
Nick has over a decade of experience working with cloud email providers. In 2006 Nick established Silver Cloud Mail Company, an anti-spam SaaS service which was sold in 2012. Nick went on to found Blackpearl Group where he managed the initial capitalisation of the Company and oversaw the building of the Pearl Engine and Black Pearl Mail technology.
Nick took on the role of Chief Technical Officer of Blackpearl Group in 2019, where he led the technical team to build the real-time analytics application, ‘Insights’, which won bronze in the Business to Business Services category at the American Business Awards®. Nick reverted to his role as Chief Executive Officer in March 2021 and subsequently oversaw a 244% revenue growth in FY2022 from FY2021, the pre-listing capitalisation of the company and execution of the Company’s acquisition of the NewOldStamp business.
Nick is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has a Bachelors degree from Victoria University of Wellington.
Nick is a founding director and shareholder of Blackpearl Group. Nick resides in New Zealand. The Board considers that Nick is not an independent director.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience working in financial policy and governance. Mark has worked for both private and government entities in New Zealand and internationally.
Mark Osborne resides in New Zealand and was appointed in November 2022. The Board considers that Mark is an independent director. Mark will chair the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Cherryl Pressley has over 25 years of business experience in the technology industry.
Cherryl’s most recent role was as Head of Scaled Partnerships at Google. Previously, Cherryl spent 14 years working at Microsoft in senior leadership roles, including Senior Director of Worldwide Distribution and Channels where she provided leadership, go to market strategic planning, and direction to a Global Microsoft team where she led the channel sales team to exceed cloud revenue for FY2018 with triple digit growth, achieving over $1B in revenue.
Additionally, Cherryl led Worldwide Engineering Support for Microsoft’s global dynamics business in the Consumer & Enterprise Support Business Unit within Customer Service & Support. She helped transform the company’s customer support experience from an in-person service to an internet-based service.
Cherryl was appointed in November 2022. The Board considers Cherryl to be an independent director. Cherryl has been a member of Blackpearl Group’s Advisory Board since 2016 and was Chief Executive Officer of Black Pearl Mail, Inc. (Blackpearl Group’s wholly owned US subsidiary) from approximately February 2019 to September 2020, Cherryl has been a Board Director for DRS Services USA, Inc. since 2015.
Cherryl resides in Arizona, USA. Cherryl is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.