Board of Directors

 

Simon Wallace
Chairman

Simon Wallace is a corporate lawyer and, based in Melbourne, he is presently an equity partner of Dentons, which is the largest law firm in the world.

Simon has extensive legal and commercial proficiency, with particular expertise in the areas of project finance, fundraising and corporate governance. He also has substantial professional experience in the areas of investment banking, structured and direct equity investments, product formulation and sales.

More recently, he was a director of ASX-listed Hastings Rare Metals Limited (now known as Hastings Technology Metals Limited).

Simon is admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia, and he holds degrees from the Australian National University in both Law and Commerce.

Simon has been a Director since 5 February 2015 and was elected Chairman on 22 December 2016.

 

Michael Capocchi
Managing Director

Michael Capocchi has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT industry and has held several senior management positions. Michael is based in Chicago, USA, which places him closer to the important centres for satellite communications in the USA and UK/Europe.

Michael joined Beam Communications Holdings Limited as the General Manager of the subsidiary, Beam Communications Pty Ltd, in 2003 and was appointed as Managing Director of World Reach Limited in March 2008.

Prior to joining Beam, Michael was the Regional Sales Director for Iridium Satellite LLC, directly managing the sales, distribution and channel management strategies for the Asia-Pacific region.

Michael has held senior management, positions as the Sales and Marketing Director of Pacific Internet responsible for establishing the Australian operations of the company and with Optus Communications and Myer Stores Limited.

Michael Capocchi is an integral part of the Beam business, including managing the day to day operations of the group which occasions extensive domestic and international travel.

 

Carl Hung
Non-Executive Director

Carl Hung has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from University of Western Ontario’s (UWO) Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt certified by SGS. He is also a Certified Management Accountant.

Carl is President and CEO of Season Group International Inc, a global Electronic Manufacturing Services provider. He has helped grow the company from USD15 million in 2002 to USD161 million in 2016, expanding the company’s footprint from China, Canada and Malaysia to include the USA, Mexico and the UK.

Season Group has been the preferred contract manufacturer for Beam Communications Pty Ltd for several years and has been instrumental in rationalising Beam’s manufacturing and supply processes.

Carl has been a Director of World Reach Limited since 21 February 2013.

 

David Stewart
Non-Executive Director

Appointed 9 November 2017

David Stewart is an experienced CEO and successful entrepreneur with more than 30 years in management and business leadership roles. David founded Banksia Technology Pty Limited in 1988 and successfully managed the company as a fast growing and highly profitable business. In 1996 he instigated the successful takeovers of a number of his competitors, including NetComm Limited, which was completed in November 1997. David assumed the role of CEO and Managing Director until retiring in December 2016. A year later David was appointed as a NonExecutive Director of NetComm Wireless and remains the single largest shareholder.

In June 2016 David was recognised for his significant and valuable contribution to the Australian communications industry with the presentation of the Communications Ambassador 2016 award. The Australian Communications Ambassador award is the highest honour presented by ACOMMS Communications Alliance and CommsDay each year.

Since retiring, David began working with a number of tech startups in an advising and investing capacity. He was announced as Chairman for Pycom on 1 July 2017 and a Director of Beam Communications Holdings Limited on 9 November 2017, following investments in both. At the start of 2018, David joined the board of Lockbox Technologies.