Chris Deere

Executive Director

Chris joined NNNCo in 2022 as Executive Director, working with the Board on strategy and partnerships. A serial business entrepreneur with three successful internet/telco startup exits, Chris has the ability to spot technology trends early on. He loves working with leading innovative teams in emerging markets. And he thrives on establishing sound processes to run businesses that exceed customer expectations as markets mature.

Chris has been involved with the Internet and Telecommunications sector since 1995 when he founded HunterLink a dial-up ISP, which he sold in 2000. Recognising at the time that fibre optics were the future of telecommunications, Chris established Ipera Communications which built a fibre optic network around Newcastle and added IaaS services and data centres to the business shortly after. After selling it to Vocus (ASX:VOC) in 2012, Chris became their CTO, leading a 500+ technology team. Within 4 years, the business grew from a $200m market cap to over $5b.

In 2018, Chris bought regional Telco CountryTell. He helped the business deliver on its mission and become more profitable, before selling it to Swoop (ASX:SWP) in 2021.

Chris Deere