“Our vision is a future with revolutionary self-service payment products that people simply couldn’t imagine living without.”

To achieve our vision Invenco needs a truly great team with strong leadership. The Invenco leadership team has come together from widely different backgrounds and a range of different countries from around the globe. It is united in delivering on Invenco’s mission to:

  • Deliver world-class intelligent transaction technology with passion
  • Understand our customers and transform their business through game-changing innovation and
  • Build long-term relationships with our customers and partners through quality, service and trust.

Gavin Lennox

Chief Executive Officer

Gavin joined Invenco as CEO in October 2015 and heads up the leadership team.  He is a proven business leader with a rare passion for growing businesses and achieving financial results through decisive leadership and creating effective teams.  Having grown up in New Zealand he completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering Degrees at Brunel University in the UK.  His Masters degree in data communications technology led to a prize-winning thesis in microchip design and an early career as a software development engineer.  This rapily progressed into management and leadership roles in the UK and US with Lotus Development.  IBM, Doubleclick, and MapInfo. A business trip to Auckland reconnected Gavin to New Zealand and he relocated with his family from Albany, New York.  He was appointed Chairman of Critchlow in 2006 (a position he still retains), CEO of Nextspace in 2008, and more recently General Manager of the electricity lines companies’ joint venture with SmartCo. An experienced director and chairman, Gavin has also held a long-term interest investing in early-stage companies.

Craig Panter

Craig Panter

Chief Business Development Officer

Originally from Atlanta, U.S.A, Craig brings to Invenco over two decades of business development experience in retail technology specializing in penetrating high growth, emerging markets. As Invenco’s Chief Business Development Officer, Craig has developed a global channel spanning Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. He continues to grow Invenco’s interests securing contracts with integrators including: NCR, Diebold Nixdorf, HTEC, Petrotec, Orpak, Tatsuno and Diyar United. Having lived in Asia for more than 15 years, Craig previously worked as the Regional Business Development Head for NCR Asia-Pacific where he led the regional strategy for the Petroleum Retail & Hospitality verticals. Craig currently resides in Hawaii and holds a B.A. with Honors in International Studies from Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, U.S.A.) and a M.A. in International Economics from Sophia University (Tokyo). A self-confessed sports nut, Craig is a very keen golfer, major sport follower and will gladly attend any major sporting event and take a competitive interest.

Dan Harrell

Dan Harrell

Chief Innovation Officer

Dan has over 20 years of experience in bringing innovations to retail and payments organisations around the world. As Invenco’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dan is responsible for a wide range of initiatives both strategic and directly linked to product delivery including leading the product management team.  Prior to joining Invenco, Dan worked within one of the world’s leading fuel dispenser companies setting its vision for automation, outdoor payments, forecourt control and ultimately, its cloud services.  Previous to that, he lead the technology consulting practice at Radiant Systems (now NCR) and was responsible for leading the team and practices for integrations of Radiant products – delivering on the value customers expected.  A proven leader, he builds experienced, efficient teams and processes – across the full spectrum of software, hardware, cloud infrastructure, program and product .  Dan holds undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering and Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Science in Management from Georgia Tech.

Raphael Rivera

VP North America, Business Development

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Raphael Rivera embarked on a journey that has seen him transition from technical and business consulting into global sales and business development.  In a career that now spans almost two decades he has gained extensive experience working with industry leaders in retail, hospitality and petroleum retail technologies.  Having lived and worked in countries across every major continent – including his native USA, London, Prague, Singapore, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Australia – Raphael understands exactly what it takes to be successfully ‘disruptive’ as a global technology player. Having built EMV Payments experience since 2003 in Europe and Asia Pacific, he has since brought that knowledge to the North American payments space and is now extending it to building Invenco’s partner and business base.  Raphael’s leadership is recognized both inside and outside Invenco as he continues to elevate Invenco’s place in the United States’ self-service payment landscape.

Len Denton

VP Global Services and GM US Operations

Len Denton brings more than twenty-five years of experience in global service management and technology implementation to his role as Invenco’s Vice President of Global Services and General Manager of US Operations. Based in the United States, he is responsible for the development and execution of Invenco’s services strategies to ensure customer success around the world. In his General Manager role, Len leads the daily business operations of Invenco’s US-based team in its drive to make Invenco North America’s first choice for self-service payment technology. Prior to joining Invenco, Len led the global service operations organization for one of the world’s leading retail fueling equipment manufacturers. Throughout his career, Len has built teams that successfully solved complex customer problems, including the implementation of powerful remote monitoring and service systems for the retail fuels and telecommunications industries. Len holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Mike Ullrich

Chief Product Development Officer

Mike is an established business leader, with over 16 years experience across general and senior management in global tech companies.  He holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honors, in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Canterbury. At Invenco, Mike is responsible for the Engineering, Supply Chain and the RMA Repair centres, working closely with heads of department to drive results, streamline product development and delivery, whilst ensuring appropriate departmental and project governance is in place. He previously worked with Sir Peter Maire at Fusion Electronics where he was responsible for leading roadmap activities, product development, improving production systems and processes, manufacturer qualification and quality, and customer support. During his career Mike has worked for globally successful hi-tech companies in telecommunications, consumer, industrial, marine and automotive electronics industries and has consulted to companies including Nokia, Panasonic, Siemens and Sony.

Matthew Gibson

Matthew Gibson

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew attended the University of Waikato and obtained a Business Management Degree, majoring in Accounting. He commenced his working career as a graduate accountant for Gosling Chapman Chartered Accountants in Auckland where he spent three years in the area of audit and business services.

He joined Advantage Group (Provenco Group), a publicly listed NZ technology company as its Group Accountant for two years. Matthew then spent six years in London working as a Business Analyst for FTSE 50 listed LucasVarity PLC, in the automotive and aerospace industry, and then as a Financial Controller for privately owned private equity investment company, Pacific Investments PLC. In returning to New Zealand in 2004 after the birth of his first child, he rejoined Provenco Group as the Group Financial controller. He later became the Chief Financial Officer and assisted Sir Peter Maire with the acquisition of Provenco’s Retail Automation Group in 2009. As Invenco’s Chief Financial Officer, Matthew is responsible for managing the company’s financial and commercial matters.

Martin Vermaak

VP  Operations

Martin moved his family from South Africa to join Invenco’s Auckland team.  Prior to this he was Chief Operations Officer for Booyco Electronics, a major supplier of collision avoidance and pedestrian detection safety systems.  Reporting to the Managing Director and Board, Martin was responsible for R&D, Finance, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, quality management.  In joining Invenco as Operations Manager he was rapidly promoted to VP Operations and is now responsible for running Invenco’s supply chain, procurement, quality and related areas.  Backed by two decades of experience in the electronics industry, Martin has expertise on both sides of the fence with a  Master of Business Administration (Technology Management) from the University of South Africa Business School and a UK NARIC-Certified British Engineering Degree.  A successful change agent and team builder, Martin revels in the challenge of building multidisciplinary teams focused on common goals while embracing the development of operational strategies to reduce costs and better manage resources.

Jane Smallfield

VP Global Marketing

Jane’s involvement with the tech sector began in the 1990’s when she ran a Public Relations agency specialising in  hi-tech companies.  This led to  her joining the NZ HiGrowth Project in 2003 – a government funded, private sector initiative, to grow the technology sector in New Zealand. When the project successfully concluded in 2006 she became a senior consultant and marketing manager working with a wide variety of tech companies from start-up to muti-nationals including Endace, Orion Health, EMC, Ingram Micro and Greentree, prior to its sale to MYOB in 2016.  An active member of the NZ Software Association she served a two-year term as its first female President and still takes an active interest in helping tech companies reach their full potential.  She also holds the honorary role of Global Alliances Liaison for NZ Tech and recently founded a Special Interest Group for Tech Marketers.   As Vice President of Global Marketing for Invenco Jane manages all of the brand, marketing and communications activity across the company, in what is a very ‘hands on’ role.

Kim Hickman

People & Capability Manager

Kim is responsible for all aspects of ‘people and capability’ at Invenco including: recruitment, employee engagement, remuneration, culture enhancement, training and career development, on and off boarding. Kim holds a post-graduate qualification in Human Resource Management and thrives on seeing strategies transform into operational objectives and being implemented throughout the business.   Kim joined Invenco in 2013 with over 20 years experience in HR, recruitment and administration within a range of private and public companies and industries.  She has worked for a number of global hi-tech companies including Compac Sorting and Buckley Systems and has in-market HR experience across New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. Since joining, Kim has played a part in overseeing the growth of the Invenco team from 80 to 150+ employees, policy, process, programme and system implementations.  She understands ever changing environments where you need to be flexible, adaptable and the importance of having systems and processes that add value to the organisation.