Transforming Life Beyond Spreadsheets
QLBS was founded in New Zealand in 2002 by Steve Lewin, a brilliant business consultant, and technologist.
He recognized that paper-based business assessments would be disrupted by digital technologies.
"It is all about the data" Steve said,
"and the data is being squandered by the industry".
Today, thousands of business assessors are capturing data across the world but keeping it in isolated islands of spreadsheets or word documents.
"If we could connect those islands, we will exponentially improve business knowledge and make a contribution to business across whole communities".
Keith Phillips, previously an Exec with Apple Computers in the UK and USA washed-up on NZ shores and stumbled into Steve.
"I had built and sold a number of tech companies and as a Venture Capitalist needed a smarter way to assess business capability and risk. I became a user and owner. I am increasingly convinced that in the technology continuum this is the life after spreadsheets".
Everyday QLBS proves that by using interconnected digital technology you can grow knowledge and make a difference with each business at a time - and with whole communities of business.
QLBS now has customers in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Europe that are helping thousands of businesses to grow.
Who we are:
We are based in New Zealand where innovation happens 'on the edge'.
It is no coincidence that the first cloud accounting system came from New Zeland. And after cloud accounting comes cloud compliance - and we are it.
Our Founder, Steve Lewin, has an MBA in Agricultural Science; he does a 36 km commute every morning on an e-wheel and spends his life in cyberspace (and hospitals, due to that e-wheel!).
Keith Phillips, CEO, has had a number of international marketing jobs and has been the CEO of at least four technology companies: one of which was called Apple (in keeping with the agricultural theme). As CEO of Apple UK he was the youngest in Europe. He was then transferred to Silicon Valley until luckily, 'burn-out' saw him retire to New Zealand where he works even harder.
Louis Ormerod our CIO is brilliant too. When he is not testing the limits of online/offline computing he is into life on other planets and the future of the universe (if there is one).
But everyone knows that it is Linda Kerkmann, our COO, who really runs the place.
Linda utilises her German heritage to be one of the most awesome operations officers in the history of business. She has a business degree and an international career with Unilever and Procter and Gamble. Customers love her because what she commits to, happens.
And making it happen is an awesome team of developers Dion, Joe, Bronson, Louis, Genevieve, Steve and anyone else we can contract, project managed by our Agile Scrum Master, Harriet.
Oh! We also have a corporate dog called Benson in charge of security. His effectiveness is limited as he lives in Europe. But we hope our European clients will get to meet him.
Meet our Leaders
Chief Executive Officer/President
Keith has a track record of growing successful technology companies.
Keith Phillips - previously an Exec with Apple Computers in the UK and USA - is leading QLBS to use interconnected digital technology to grow knowledge and make a difference, both with each business and with whole communities of business.
After delivering as a senior executive for Apple in the USA and the UK, Keith has established and invested in a range of successful technology companies.
Chief Operations Officer
Linda brings together experience of working in multinationals like Procter and Gamble as well as start-ups technology companies and makes use of her great numerate and organisational skills to manage the commercial side of the business.
Chief Information Officer
Louis held senior engineering positions in the USA prior to joining QLBS in 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics and Computers and brings with him a wide range of experiences in technical, applications, operating systems, computer languages and web technologies.
Founder & Chief Architect
Steve pioneered the methodology that enables the capture of best-practice models as an audit framework. In the process, he invented a Universal Measurement System that facilitates lead activity measurement, action planning and progress tracking.
Director - Australia
Tony is a finance professional with experience in planning, reporting and business improvement in corporations like CSR Ltd (Australia) and Weyerhaeuser Inc (USA). More recent assignments have been in the manufacturing, finance and media sectors. This breadth of experience provides an independent perspective on the business.
European Project Manager
Julie is our European Project Manager based in Amsterdam. Having worked the last five years within sustainability consulting - focusing on the agriculture sector - she has an excellent knowledge of sustainability and food compliance challenges and is driving projects from Europe.
As an experienced Senior Project and Program Manager with a range of international organisations, Harriet is qualified and experienced in both waterfall and agile delivery methodologies and has managed successful projects across the globe. She works closely with clients and the entire QLBS team.
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