Long-serving senior executive at Verde Group NZ Penny Boland has taken the position of CEO at the enterprise software and services company. Founder and outgoing CEO Vlad Kozak is stepping aside to pursue new technology opportunities outside the company which have captured his passion.
Boland joined Verde three years after its inception, initially as a Business Unit Manager, a role in which she excelled for seven years. After serving as General Manager for nearly half a decade, she moved up to Chief Operating Officer before her latest promotion.
Kozak says that after 15 years under his leadership, the company is ready for its next phase of growth. “Over that time, Verde Group has become synonymous with high quality MYOB Greentree enterprise resource planning deployments in a range of sectors including transport, logistics, construction, cleaning, food and beverage and more. By putting the leadership into Penny’s hands, I’m confident that the depth and breadth of knowledge she has in all aspects of the company will take it to new heights.”
Kozak adds that over the course of the last year, the Verde Advisory Board worked through the final stages of a succession planning process, as he had signalled his intention to pursue and invest in new technologies outside of Verde.
Boland notes the company has assembled a hardworking and loyal team known for its deep product expertise and knowledge of the industries in which they specialise.
“With the 2016 MYOB acquisition of Greentree, significantly more resources have been made available to further develop what was already a highly successful and competitive mid-market solution. That’s created a wider range of new opportunities for Verde, which we are actively pursuing.”
The Verde Advisory Group says Boland has been instrumental in leading delivery and operations and over the last year has considerably strengthened core systems and business process as COO. As such, the Advisory Board is delighted to confirm her appointment to the CEO role.
Kozak’s involvement with the company he founded doesn’t end as he moves to an advisory-only role as director, supporting Boland in her new role.