David is the Managing Director and Founder of Villalet.com, a villa rental business focused on the Asian market which created the Luxelet product.
He has worked in online businesses since 1996, most recently at Fairfax Media,the leading media group in Australia and publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age. At Fairfax, David was the Managing Director of a portfolio of web businesses acquired by Fairfax including RSVP, Stayz, InvestSmart, and Australian Property Monitors. David’s specialisation is product development and strategy and in this role he was responsible for developing the businesses to take advantage of Fairfax assets, as well as identifying new acquisition opportunities.
His prior roles at Fairfax include Chief Product Officer , and Director of Strategy and Operations for the Employment, Real Estate, and Automobile businesses. In his early roles at Fairfax, he led product development for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age websites.
Over the last 15 years, he has co-founded and worked in a number of start-ups including Memetrics, acquired by Accenture, and ninemsn during the company’s startup phase in 1997.
David holds an MBA from University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Macquarie University.