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JAVLN appoints tech leader David Leach to board of directors

Former Cin7 CEO David Leach will bring 25 years of experience in high-growth tech companies to JAVLN as it seeks to breathe fresh life into the insurance market with modern, effective and easy-to-use technology

JAVLN, the company that’s bringing insurance technology into the 21st century for insurance brokers and underwriting agencies, today announces the appointment of tech veteran and software leader David Leach to the company’s board of directors.

With an illustrious career spanning 25 years so far, David joins JAVLN as non-executive director on the board to support the company’s governance and overall strategic direction. His vast leadership experience in software companies like Cin7, ezyVet and Qrious will bolster JAVLN as it continues to revolutionise the insurance market.

The news comes off the back of three recent major JAVLN appointments at senior level, as the company continues to showcase impressive growth in New Zealand and Australia. Peter Waring has joined JAVLN as group chief technology officer, Rosalie Lau has joined as group chief financial officer, and Emma Scoringe has joined as chief marketing officer.

As CEO and board member at Cin7 since 2019, David led the business through explosive 500% growth to become a global category leader. During his time as CEO, Cin7 was recognised around the world for its success and world-class culture, earning recognitions from Forbes in 2023 and 2024 for being the best overall inventory management software, and from the NZ Hi-Tech Awards in 2023 as PwC’s NZ Hi-Tech Company of the Year.

David, non-executive director, JAVLN said: “The fast eat the slow in the tech world. Software companies that can operate quickly and scale efficiently to capture the market, while maintaining a quality customer experience, will win big.

“JAVLN is one of these companies that is well positioned to win big. It has a unique and exciting opportunity to be the insurance platform of choice for Kiwi and Australian brokers and agencies of all shapes and sizes. I believe JAVLN has significant global growth potential in the insurance industry, which is largely yet to be disrupted by modern technology.”

Commenting on David’s appointment to the board, Dale Smith, founder and CEO, JAVLN, said: “David is an executive leader and advisor in the technology sector with proven repeated success in global growth and business transformation. He’s passionate about building world-class technology businesses, and it’s great to have him on the board  as we scale the industry’s best end-to-end software platform for insurance brokers.”

Over the past couple of years, JAVLN has grown rapidly, helping to attract high-calibre talent to the company. Growth has been particularly impressive in Australia where last year it acquired Technosoft Solutions’s document management and workflow software OfficeTech and Steadfast’s underwriting policy management platform.

JAVLN’s technology now underpins the operations of a growing number of brokerages throughout Australia, including the likes of Trans-West Insurance Brokers and soon BJS Insurance Group (BJS). With a local team , JAVLN customers can talk to real people who understand first hand the challenges they face.

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