Mark Cross appointed to board of Virsae

Auckland, 17 May 2015 – Virsae, a global provider of unified communications management services, has appointed Mark Cross as an independent director on its board.

His appointment brings the number of non-executive, independent directors to three and the total board size to five.

Mr Cross is a professional director and has a background in investment banking.

Auckland-based Virsae recently announced plans to raise $3 million from equity investors to accelerate international growth.

Virsae CEO Tony Jayne said: “Mark joins Virsae’s board of directors at an exciting time as the company gears up international operations to build on our early success in the multi-billion dollar unified communications market. Mark’s background in investment banking and governance compliments the diverse and extensive skill sets across the board and senior management team”

Mr Cross’ appointment follows a string of recent successes for the Albany-based company. Earlier this year Virsae signed up global distributor Westcon Group to distribute VSM to resellers in Europe, the Middle East, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Virsae has also cemented re-sales agreements with large international technology providers, including Arrow SI – a subsidiary of NYSE-listed US tech giant Arrow Electronics – Altura – based in California and one of the largest communications solutions and services organisations in North America, and UK-based Azzurri Communications.

Local customers include government agencies, large manufacturers and retailers, and insurance provider IAG.  However, Virsae’s sights are firmly set on the global Unified Communications Services Management market, worth an estimated US$2 billion according to Virsae.

Virsae’s indirect sales model rides on the shoulders of partners, principally large systems integrators, who resell VSM as part of their managed services to corporates. Virsae’s largest US partner Arrow SI, alone, manages communications for an estimated 10 million end-users.