Pingar Prepares for Additional Global Market Growth with New Non-Executive Board Appointments

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Seasoned, globally focused directors see significant potential in applications built to better manage data for business advantage

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“These individuals have made significant contributions to the success of notable companies across the regions of North America, Asia and Europe.

Pingar, a leading provider of unstructured data management solutions, today announced three new non-executive board appointments to fuel the company’s accelerated growth into global markets. The appointments to the board represent a broad set of experience and business networks in Asia, Europe and North America. Nigel Harrison, veteran financial executive with extensive North American experience including The Thomson Corporation; Rod Olsen, formerly of Cable & Wireless; and Arnold van Os, formerly of ABN AMRO, join Pingar to assist in the company’s commercial execution strategy.

Peter Wren-Hilton, Pingar CEO, says, “These individuals have made significant contributions to the success of notable companies across the regions of North America, Asia & Europe. I believe they collectively boost Pingar’s strength, and position the company for growth across these key geographies in coming years.”

The board appointments follow Pingar’s conversion from a research-focused organization to a commercial company earlier this year. Using world leading research in natural language processing, text mining and semantic search, developed in conjunction with the University of Waikato and the University of Wales, Pingar technology helps enterprises solve the challenge of organising, searching and analysing their data. Pingar has secured a series of significant international partnerships including Fuji-Xerox in New Zealand, DICOM International AG in Europe, and a number of new partnerships in New Zealand and the United States.

Nigel Harrison, recently relocated to Auckland, spent 25 years with The Thomson Organisation including as director, executive vice president and CFO of the parent company, The Thomson Corporation ( now Thomson Reuters) from 1989 – 1999. Since then he has held a number of directorships in private companies and was a senior Managing Director from 2008 - 2010 at Berkery Noyes, a leading US independent investment bank focused on the information industry.

Rod Olsen, now based in Hong Kong, was born and educated in New Zealand. He is a former CFO and CEO of global telecommunications group, Cable & Wireless, and a former non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank. He has acted as adviser, director and investor in a wide range of businesses in Europe, Asia and Australasia and is currently chairman of Mobilis Networks Limited, a fast growing New Zealand telecommunications software applications company.

Arnold van Os recently relocated to Tauranga from Holland. He was most recently Managing Partner at Frontier Capital Partners. Before taking on this role, he held a number of senior positions at ABN Amro Bank, including Head of Corporate Development and Head of Merchant Banking, and prior to that Managing Director, Investment Banking, Swiss Bank Corporation.

Nigel Harrison, on behalf of the three new non-Executive Board appointments, says, ”Pingar is positioned to become a major global player in the unstructured data space. The challenge facing governments and businesses around the world, with the exponential growth in unstructured data, is real. We look forward to supporting Pingar as it rapidly establishes a significant presence in key international markets and in achieving its high growth plans.”

About Pingar
Pingar’s mission is to transform unstructured data in the enterprise into business intelligence by developing technology that harnesses the power of text mining, semantic search and natural language processing. This mission came from years of ground -breaking research at some of the most respected universities in these fields. Pingar is headquartered in New Zealand with offices in Hong Kong, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information please visit


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