The Queensland based ad tech company, Cartelux, has hired Stephen Burns as Chief Financial Officer to run its financial department and advise the company in its upcoming funding rounds. Stephen will be based at the Cartelux Headquarters on the Sunshine Coast. Cartelux was founded in 2020 by lifelong entrepreneur Joshua Williams to simplify digital advertising.
What is Stephen’s industry expertise?
The Cartelux platform allows international brands to empower their local retail networks by simplifying and automating the ad creation, approval and media buying process across all media channels. Stephen, a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), spent a number of years in the Department of Defence as a civilian before starting his army career.
He served as Business Manager to the Special Air Service Regiment in Perth, the HQ Special Operations Command Australia, and the HQ 16th Brigade (Aviation). After the deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq during his postings, Stephen left the military to work for Airbus APAC in Brisbane. At Airbus he oversaw the financial aspects of the contracts for the construction and maintenance of aircraft projects like the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH).
After his seven year tenure at Airbus, Stephen became CFO for a privately owned group of firms, and served as CFO of the ASX listed tech company xReality Group. He then returned to Queensland adding value to several Start-ups and SMEs with high growth potential, this ultimately led to Cartelux and the scalability that is available through the Cartelux platform.
Stephen Burns, CFO of Cartelux: “I am excited to be part of this team and the global potential of the Cartelux tech. Of all the businesses I have been involved with, this is definitely the frontrunner in global scalability. I am particularly proud to be part of the thriving tech industry on the sunshine coast.” Recently Cartelux secured an Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) from Austrade, The Australian Trade and Investment Commission.
What are the executive’s thoughts on the appointment?
Commenting on the hire, Joshua Williams, Cartelux Founder and CEO said: “We have been global from day one – offering a globally scalable platform ready to be used all over the world was at the center of my idea. We are excited to have the Australian government Trade and Investment commission’s support for exporting our proprietary Australian technology.”
“With this support, and Stephen’s vast expertise, I am thrilled to see accelerating growth that we are experiencing, growing the Aussie tech ecosystem and creating jobs in Queensland.”
The appointment comes at a time of rapid global growth following client activations in Thailand, India, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany; work for clients like BMW Group, Ford, Nissan, Renault, MG, and Honda; and establishment of a partnership with Google.