Rod Drury

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Rod Drury
Rod Drury, NZ Open Source Awards, 2007.jpg
Drury in 2007 at the New Zealand Open Source Awards
Born Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealander
Occupation technology entrepreneur
Known for CEO of Xero
Net worth $500 million (2016)

Rod Drury (born 1966) is a technology entrepreneur from Wellington, New Zealand. He is CEO of the online accounting software company Xero, a former director of Trade Me,[1] and was a key player in the now-defunct Pacific Fibre project.

Professional history[edit]

In 1995 Drury established Glazier Systems, a New Zealand software development and consulting company. Glazier Systems was eventually acquired by Advantage Group[2] in 1999 for about $7.5 million[3] and continues today as Intergen.

Drury subsequently founded and served as CEO of AfterMail which was acquired by Quest Software (subsequently acquired by Dell) for US$15 million in January 2006.[4]

In July 2006 Drury founded Xero, a publicly listed software as a service accounting-software company, of which he is Chief Executive.[5]

In October 2007 Rod was a judge for the New Zealand Open Source Awards.[6]

Drury co-founded Pacific Fibre, a company which attempted to build an internet cable between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.[7] The cable would have costed around $400 million, and the venture was ultimately unsuccessful.[8]


Drury was awarded the Hi-Tech New Zealand "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in 2006 and 2007.[2][9]

In August 2008 Drury was conferred the title of Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society (HFNZCS) during the 2008 NZ Computerworld Excellence Awards. He is only the 21st person to be awarded the title in the Society's 48-year history.[10]

In 2012, Drury was awarded NZ Herald Business Leader of the Year.[11]

In 2013, Drury was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year.[3]

In 2014, Drury was honoured with an award for the Outstanding Contribution to Technology in NZ at the CIO Awards 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Drury lives in a "high tech townhouse" in the Hawke's Bay region with his family, and is of Ngai Tahu descent.[3][12]


  1. ^ Rose, Sally (2014-09-21). "No guts, no glory for Xero boss". Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b Cooney, Matt (13 December 2006). "Rod Drury: Repeat offender". idealog. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Anthony Hubbard (2014-01-10). "Market whizz-kid enjoys Kiwi lifestyle". The Dominion Post. 
  4. ^ "ASK ME ANYTHING: Rod Drury". The National Business Review. 6 October 2012. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Moore, Martin (17 October 2013). "Xero founder Rod Drury takes entrepreneur prize". Fairfax. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "New Zealand Open Source Awards". 2007-10-17. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  7. ^ McBeth, Paul (8 January 2011). "Pacific Fibre adds Facebook and Paypal". Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Fletcher, Hamish (3 August 2012). "Politics helped kill cable". The New Zealand Herald. NZME. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hi-Tech Awards site". 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  10. ^ "Honorary Fellows of the IITP (HFIITP)". About the IITP. Institute of IT Professionals of New Zealand. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Business leader of the year: Rod Drury". New Zealand Herald. 2012-12-15. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  12. ^ "Local lifestyle, global dominion for Bay's hi-tech ambassador". Retrieved 2016-01-04. 

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