Each of Pushpay’s directors has diverse skills drawn from leadership across a range of industries, resulting in a balance of independence, knowledge, experience, and perspectives.
Graham Shaw Independent Chairman
Graham Shaw was appointed as an Independent Director of Pushpay on 22 January 2015 and on 8 May 2019 was appointed Independent Chairman of the Board.
Graham is a chartered accountant with over 35 years’ experience in business. He sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, and has extensive SaaS governance experience including board representation at Xero for eight years and more recently at Gentrack.
He spent 10 years with KPMG working primarily as an advisor to businesses. He then joined Works Infrastructure where he held a number of finance roles before being appointed Chief Executive Officer, leading the company to substantial growth and successful expansion into Australia. Graham has also been Chief Executive Officer of Kensington Swan, one of New Zealand’s national law firms.
Graham has a BCom from the University of Canterbury, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a Companion of Engineering New Zealand. Graham lives with his family in Wellington.
Lovina McMurchy Independent Director
Lovina McMurchy was appointed as an Independent Director of Pushpay on 30 March 2020.
Lovina has spent 20 years as a global technology executive with experience ranging across product development, go-to-market execution and P&L management. At Amazon she built and grew several large new subscription businesses before moving on to Alexa Shopping where she was General Manager for customer engagement and growth. Lovina held several senior leadership roles at Microsoft, including being Chief Marketing Officer for Latin America and leading sales strategy and operations for the small to mid-market sales organisation in the US.
Lovina is a Venture Partner for Movac, a locally based New Zealand venture capital fund. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors and serves on several private company boards in the technology space. Lovina has a Masters in Statistics from the University of Auckland and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is also a member of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Forum of New Zealand. Lovina lives with her family in Auckland.
Lorraine Witten Independent Director
Lorraine Witten was appointed as an Independent Director of Pushpay on 22 September 2020.
Lorraine has significant governance experience and is currently a Director of listed-companies, Rakon and TIL Logistics Group, where she is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees. She is also a Director of Horizon Energy Group and Chair of private companies, Simply Security, a company she founded in 2007, and vWork. Lorraine also has extensive commercial experience in technology, Software as a Service and Information and Communications Technology sectors, with expertise in financial management, entrepreneurship, strategy and high-change environments.
Lorraine is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management and finance roles, including as past General Manager of Telecom Mobile from 1997 to 2001. Lorraine lives with her family in Wellington.
Sumita Pandit Independent Director
Sumita is the Chief Operating Officer of dLocal, a technology-first payments platform enabling global enterprise merchants to connect with billions of consumers in emerging markets. Prior to joining dLocal, Sumita was a Managing Director and Global Head of Fintech Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan. Sumita brings nearly two decades of experience in investment banking, advising companies across verticals in fintech including payments, financial software, neo-banks and insurtech. Previously, she worked at Goldman Sachs. Sumita received her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Sumita lives with her family in Los Altos, California, US.
John M. Connolly Non-executive Director
John is a Senior Advisor to Sixth Street providing guidance to portfolio company CEOs and management teams on strategic and operational issues associated with growth. John has served as chairman, non-executive chairman or director on over 35 boards, including A Cloud Guru, Paycor and Regulatory DataCorp (RDC) where he served alongside Michael McGinn, Co-Head of Sixth Street’s Growth business. John was previously a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures, Chairman and CEO of M|C Communications, Chairman of Edgar Online, Chairman of the Princeton Review, President and CEO of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), and held several senior positions at IBM, including leading the integration to create the IBM Business Consulting Group. John also founded two companies, Mainspring, Inc. (acquired by IBM) and Course Technology (acquired by Thomson Corporation). John lives with his family in Manchester, Massachusetts, US.
Christopher (Chris) Fowler Visionary and Executive Director
Chris Fowler was appointed as Visionary and Executive Director of Pushpay on 13 December 2019.
Chris started working on what became Church Community Builder for his local church in 1999, recognising a need for an internet-based solution to help people and their church connect with each other and to make sure people were not falling through the cracks, when their desire was to find connection and community. As an entrepreneur with a passion for the local church, Chris imagined something beyond the outdated back office tools of the time, which ultimately resulted in the church management system that Church Community Builder now provides the church.
As the child of a worship pastor and grandchild of a senior pastor, Chris has been involved in the church his entire life, including serving on the elder board of two churches including the mega-church he currently attends, New Life Church, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US (a Customer of both Pushpay and Church Community Builder). Chris previously served as the CEO of Church Community Builder. Chris also played a key role in the formation of Outreach, Inc (https://www. outreach.com) and prior to that led and grew the Audio Books division of Ingram Entertainment.
Chris brings key industry knowledge and 26 years of business experience to the Pushpay Board of Directors. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Belmont University. Chris lives with his family in Colorado Springs.