Here at Oritain, we are one team.
No one is more important than the team, nor the trust within it. While we are proud of our New Zealand roots, it is people that matter and we're a diverse, global team.
Our purpose has always been centred around Tāngata - our people.
Oritain may now be a global company, but this universal truth still resonates throughout every land and every culture in which we work.
The Māori term 'tāngata' included all those to whom a person is connected - their tūpuna (ancestors), and their future descendants. Creating a better planet isn't just for the here and now, but out of respect for those before us and for those who will come after us.
Always, what determines whether we succeed or fail... it is people, it is people, it is people.
We acknowledge and respect our proud Kiwi heritage, while celebrating being a global business made up of a diverse, multi-cultural team.
Diverse clients, diverse industries, diverse people.
Today, with a broad client base and a range of product offerings, we recognise the need for a diverse workforce to help bring a different perspective to our relationships.
We believe in honesty, equality and collaboration and pursue an open, respectful and fully inclusive work environment to provide equal opportunities for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability or race.
He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata...
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.
Board of directors
Alberto de Benedictis
Independent Director and Board Chairman
Alberto is the former leader of the UK’s second largest defence company, Finmeccanica, and brings over 25 years of board experience to the table. Having stood at the helm of an organisation generating billions in revenue annually, he carries a clear understanding of success and the behaviours, processes and people that will support us in achieving it.
Shanti is the mastermind behind industry-leading compliance platform, Navex. Under her expert guidance, the organisation grew from USD$5 million to USD$200 million in revenue and a valuation of over $1 billion USD. She understands the challenges we face and, more importantly, understands how to guide us through them as she has lived them herself. Shanti is active on a number of boards, with a focus on software and data.
Jeff is a tech veteran, guiding Spotify as Chief Revenue Officer during its key growth phase in the early 2010s. He has held business critical roles in global powerhouses such as Google and AOL, more recently applying his extensive experience to supporting the accelerated growth of start-ups with a true ability to disrupt. This includes entities such as We Are Rosie, The Players Tribune and Oritain.
Rt Hon Sir John Key
Shareholder Appointed Director
Rt Hon Sir John Key was New Zealand's 38th Prime Minister, guiding the country through the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, strengthening our economy and setting us up for success. A veteran of Merrill Lynch, he is known as a smart risk-taker and understands the fine balance between success and failure that growth-stage companies must strike. He only sits on three boards: Palo Alto, ANZ and Oritain.
Shareholder Appointed Director
Jessie is a cornerstone of New Zealand’s Dairy and Agriculture industries, with a depth of experience across government, private and public entities. She understands us, our background and our pathway forward, supporting Oritain to maintain our New Zealand born values even as our journey takes us far away from home.
Shareholder Appointed Director
Angad is a partner and investment committee member at Longridge, a long-term supporter of Oritain and, following the series B, a primary investor. Leading a number of deal teams across the organisation and managing a comprehensive portfolio, Angad is seasoned in growing promising companies from venture to IPO. He is a strong believer in us, our people and our solution, and supports us at every turn.
Senior Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Grant Cochrane has been Oritain’s CEO for over 10 years and is based in Zug, Switzerland. Prior to his career at Oritain, Grant has spent 11 years as a currency derivative trader and risk manager in London, New York and the Far East working for institutions as Credit Suisse, Citibank and Royal Bank of Canada. In 2001 Grant moved back to New Zealand to pursue a career in agriculture. At the time, he was also the Managing Director of AG Foley Ltd, a large New Zealand company with over 100 staff.
Chief Commercial Officer
Rupert is Oritain’s Chief Commercial Officer based in London. He joined in January 2016 and set up our first offshore office in London. He has a background in the financial markets, where he worked alongside CEO Grant Cochrane and Chairman Jules Pancholi.
Chief Financial Officer
Chris joined our London team as Chief Financial Officer in September 2019 when that role was moved to the Northern Hemisphere to geographically align with the commercial growth of the company. Off the back of a maths degree and a chartered accountancy qualification, Chris’ leadership career delivering financial and business services has encompassed a broad range of sectors including media, sport, real estate and construction.
Chief Strategy Officer
Monica joined Oritain as the Chief Strategy Officer in June 2022 and is based in New York. She has about 30 years of experience across multiple sectors, including WorkFusion, an intelligent automation start-up and has spent many years in media, and internet publishing, delivering high-profile critical initiatives, new business ventures and building key industry partnerships.
Chief Marketing Officer
Peter joined Oritain as a Marketing Adviser in September 2021 and became as Oritain’s Chief Marketing Officer in June, 2022. Peter is based in Auckland, has a wealth of experience working across the globe, not least in his role as Global COO for Saatchi and Saatchi in New York and is the founder of Lewis Road Creamery Limited.
Chief Operations Officer
Matt joined our North America team in April 2021 and moved to the Global Team in July 2021 as Chief Operations Officer. He comes to Oritain after nearly 30 years leading and managing public sector teams of all sizes and scope - both in the United States and abroad. Prior to Oritain he led the Federal Practice for a Data Analytics firm. He brings proven international expertise building and scaling operational efforts and managing geopolitical risk.
Global Head of Sales
Paul is a proud New Zealander, born in Kaikohe and still sports a New Zealand flag on his golf bag despite living abroad for the past 25 years. He has spent 30 years in Financial Markets starting in New Zealand with Bankers Trust and then holding Global Roles with UBS that meant spending time and living in London, Singapore and the US, where he is currently based. Paul's last job at UBS was as a Senior Managing Director running the Americas Rates, Credit and FX Sales Operation. He featured regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV commenting on financial markets. Additionally, Paul was a past member of the New York Federal Reserve foreign exchange committee and ran Medley Global Advisors, world leading macro advisory owned by the Financial Times, for 4 years after leaving UBS.
Dr. Olya Shatova
Head of Product Development
Olya Shatova joined Oritain New Zealand as a scientist in 2016, after she completed her PhD in Marine Biochemistry at the University of Otago in Dunedin. At Oritain, Olya has progressed through several roles including a Global Science Director and now – the Head of Product Development. As part of this role, she is applying her strong knowledge of Oritain’s product to extend Oritain’s offering by building novel solutions to the client’s problems. She also oversees the work of Research & Development, Software Technology and Data & Analytics teams.
Global Head of HR
Natalie joined our London team in June 2022 as our Global Head of HR. Natalie brings over 20 years’ HR experience leading teams and developing HR strategy in a number of large FTSE250 and regulated businesses, most recently at Equiniti and Lloyds Banking Group. Natalie has extensive experience in reward, engagement, leadership development and cultural change and has managed the integration of large-scale acquired businesses. Natalie is passionate about developing talent, driving a culture of high performance, and delivering an outstanding employee experience.
CEO of Oritain Government Services
Mike joined our North America team in January 2022 as the CEO of the Public Sector arm of the Business, Oritain Government Services, formerly known as Traceability Data Solutions. Mike brings decades of experience leading US inter-agency teams and collaborating with international intelligence partners against national security priorities.
Prof. Russell Frew
Russell is an analytical chemist who started his career applying trace metal and stable isotope analyses to trace ocean processes. As a Professor at the University of Otago, Russell established the Forensic Analytical Science Major and provided forensic evidence to the courts. Russell founded Isotrace in 2003 and then co-founded Oritain in 2008. From 2012 to 2016 he was seconded to the IAEA/ FAO to establish a food traceability programme. Russell retired from his academic position in 2021 and has since been full-time with Oritain as Chief Scientist.
Ana has joined Oritain as an Adviser in June 2022. Previous to joining Oritain she was the Executive Director at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection where she was responsible for directing CBP’s trade threat assessment units, special investigations and enforcement programs focused on detecting, deterring and disrupting illicit trade, with a special emphasis on forced labor violations, evasion of special tariff cases and modernizing the use of civil penalties to ensure appropriate consequence delivery for non-compliance. She has had an illustrious career with over 34 years of experience in law enforcement, international trade, international policy development and standard setting both with U.S. federal government and with the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels Belgium.