Management Profiles

Our management team members have been selected for their extensive experience and expertise, and bring a variety of skills and experience, including industry and business knowledge, corporate governance, financial management, accounting, legal and operational experience.

Lesley Kennedy

Craig Dower

FAICD, FAIM, MACS

CEO and Managing Director

Craig was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Xenith IP Group Limited in August 2017.

Craig’s professional services career has spanned over 30 years and his recent positions include leadership roles as CEO of Salmat (ASX: SLM), and President, Asia Pacific and China for Avanade Inc. His experience includes leading and driving organisational change, building high performance teams, technology-based innovation and integrating and managing acquisitions. He also has more than 15 years’ experience working across all of Asia Pacific, including five years based in Singapore.

Craig has served on a number of boards both as an executive and non-executive director.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Member of the Australian Computer Society.

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

BE (Mech), PEng, FIPTA, MAICD

Executive Director and Head of Corporate Development

Stuart is an Executive Director and currently holds the position of Head of Corporate Development within Xenith’s group executive management team. He led the company through a corporate restructure and IPO in 2015 and served as Managing Director until August 2017, during which time the strategic acquisitions of Watermark and Griffith Hack were successfully completed and Glasshouse Advisory was launched.

Stuart has worked within the business since 1988, and has 27 years’ experience as a patent attorney specialising in mechanical engineering technologies. Prior to the Restructure, Stuart was a partner of Shelston IP for more than 20 years, and a member of the executive management team for more than 15 years. For 10 years Stuart held the position of Executive Chairman of Shelston IP, with responsibility for leading the firm, developing business strategy and co-ordinating the activities of the senior management team.

Stuart is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (FIPTA) and served on the Institute’s executive council for many years. He has been actively involved with a number of other industry associations including the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI), International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA). He is also a member of Engineers Australia (EA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from the University of Sydney and has been a registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney since 1992.

Lesley Kennedy

Lesley Kennedy

BAcc (Hons), CA, GAICD

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Lesley joined Xenith IP Group Limited as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in May 2016. Lesley has over 20 years' experience in corporate finance and professional services, including approximately 10 years as CFO and Company Secretary in ASX listed companies. Lesley's recent experience includes the role of CFO and Company Secretary for ASX listed Prime Media Group Limited (PRT) and, prior to that, the then ASX listed Independent Practitioner Network Ltd (IPN), now wholly owned by Sonic Healthcare Ltd. Prior to this Ms Kennedy spent 8 years advising multinational organisations as Senior Manager with Ernst & Young's Audit Assurance Services.