Leadership at Buddy

Experience, passion and commitment.
Located in both Australia and the United States, Buddy Platform is led by a dynamic team of highly experienced professionals. United by a shared vision to make every space smarter, the Buddy leadership team works to develop talent and deliver impactful smart space solutions around the world. They’re committed to delivering customer success, shareholder value and cultivating an inclusive culture to make Buddy a great place to work.


David McLauchlan
CEO Buddy Technologies and Executive Director

David is the co-founder, CEO and Executive Director of Buddy Technologies. 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.
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Richard Jacroux

Richard Jacroux is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Buddy Platform. Richard has a 20 year background in financial management and accounting, with an extensive background in operational efficiency, forecasting, budgeting and management reporting, ERP implementation and upgrades, strategic leadership and guiding and restructuring business practices. He was named Chief Financial Officer of the year by Puget Sound Business Journal in 2010. Richard holds a Masters/MBA in Management from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and accounting from the University of Washington.

Martin Carroll
Managing Director, Buddy Platform (Europe) Limited.

Martin Carroll is responsible for our European operation across Sales, Business Development, Financial and Operational execution. Martin brings to Buddy Platform 20 years global telecom and operational experience from leadership roles in Digicel (COO – Enterprise Caribbean), Vodafone (Enterprise Fixed Transformation – Ireland) and Mitel (Head of SMB Portfolio – Canada). In leading the European operation, Martin leverages his skills in operational management, sales execution, and business transformation as our industry evolves and we scale our business globally. Martin holds a Masters/MBA from University of Cardiff (Wales) and is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
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Paul Russell
VP of Software Engineering

Paul Russell is the VP of Engineering for Buddy Platform, where he is responsible for leading Buddy’s Hardware and Software Engineering teams. Paul spent 17 years consulting globally across different technologies and industries prior to joining Buddy. Paul holds a Bachelor of Information Technology with Distinction from Queensland University of Technology.

Travis Gerber
Managing Director, Commercial and Shared Services

Travis Gerber is the CEO of Buddy Platform and is responsible for delivering on the value that the Buddy Platform provides to its customers and partners worldwide. Travis has held several IT operations and professional services leadership roles developing and leading organizations including several years as Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Ltd, United Kingdom. Travis holds an MBA from the Foster School of Business (University of Washington).