Board of Directors

Representing a broad set of knowledge and experience, the Buddy Platform Board of Directors provides advice and oversight for the leadership team, and company at large.

Richard Borenstein
Non-Executive Chairman

Based in San Francisco, Richard (Rick) Borenstein is a venture investor, advisor and board member with over 40 years of technology company experience. Rick brings extensive business, finance, accounting and entrepreneurial skills to Buddy Platform.

Rick grew up in New York City, and attended the University of Michigan before going to Harvard Business School. He has taught entrepreneurship at the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan and at San Quentin Prison (SF Bay Area) as part of The Last Mile program.

Alexander Gounares
Non-Executive Director

Based in Seattle, Alex Gounares is the founder and CEO of Polyverse Corporation, a stealth mode cybersecurity company focused on protecting data center applications from large scale data breaches and disruption. Previously, Alex led Concurix Corporation, a maker of Node.js profiling tools (acquired by Strongloop Inc). Alex has also held a range of very senior technical roles at both AOL and Microsoft.

Alex holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in Computer Science from Princeton University.

John van Ruth
Non-Executive Director

Based in Adelaide, John van Ruth has had an extensive career spanning a range of industries providing him with valuable experience and acumen in the fields of finance, IT and business strategy. He has held senior executive roles with Faulding, Adelaide Bank, RAA and Coopers Brewery Ltd. John’s early career spanned 20 years, where he was Senior Manager at KPMG and EY, and later, a Partner at Arthur Andersen.

John serves as a non-executive director on a range of not-for-profit and ASX listed. John holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the University of South Australia.

Ananda Kathiravelu
Non-Executive Director

Based in Perth, Ananda Kathiravelu has been in the financial services funds management and stock broking industries for over 20 years. Ananda is the Managing Director of Armada Capital Ltd, a corporate advisory company that has been involved in providing strategic corporate advice and services to a range of listed and unlisted public companies.

Ananda holds a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment.

David McLauchlan,
CEO and Executive Director

David is the co-founder, CEO and Executive Director of Buddy Platform. Before launching Buddy, David gained extensive international business experience, spending nearly 11 years at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA in the hardware, software and development teams. Prior to moving to the US, David was a management consultant for PwC in Australia. David holds a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering (Hons) from the University of South Australia.

Stuart Usher
Company Secretary

Based in Perth, Stuart has over 20 year’s extensive experience in the management and corporate affairs of public listed companies. Stuart is a CPA, an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a member of ‘Chartered Secretaries Australia’.

Stuart has experience across a wide range of sectors, including Financial Services, Mineral Exploration, Healthcare, Biotech, Information Technology, Mining support services, Construction and Manufacturing. Stuart has worked in Australia, USA, UK, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Stuart holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia.