Brent Rutherford has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer.
With diverse experience in both technology and business roles, Rutherford's background includes helping scale technology and business operations in large yet rapidly growing companies such as Dell and Apple, and he has also held senior roles in technology solutions companies. With a customer-first approach, Rutherford is passionate about creating moments for customers that go beyond their expectations.
In line with the reopening of domestic and international travel, Rutherford is eager to modernise the technological requirements across every aspect of the Big Red Group business, including internal business systems, security, compliance and particularly connecting the company's five eCommerce platforms: RedBalloon, Adrenaline, Experience Oz, Local Agent and Lime&Tonic, into one cloud-native multi-brand eCommerce platform.
Working closely across all teams in the business, Rutherford will ensure the growth and evolution of the company is not held back by technological limitations.
"We've made exciting acquisitions over the last five years, and now as the leading experience marketplace across ANZ, we're looking to modernise our infrastructure as we turn our attention to the next period of growth for us and our supplier community," Big Red Group co-founder and CEO David Anderson says.
"A lifelong experience seeker, surrounded by friends and family who prioritise experiences over "things", I have a strong connection with Big Red Group's product and purpose," Rutherford says.
"As a values-driven business, and with the recent appointment of a CSO in Jemma Fastnedge, we're on the path to growth through doing good and great.
"In the projects on the roadmap for the technology team, there is a great opportunity to significantly contribute to the success of a company at such a pivotal moment in its history, in such an exciting industry."