Top-tier trained lawyer and dynamic start-up co-founder with a broad range of commercial and managerial skills. Particular areas of expertise include strategy, product management, business development, internationalisation, project management, contract negotiation and drafting, operations management, marketing and PR gained from over 3 years' experience in a senior management role at the world's largest online action sports retailer,
Top-tier trained lawyer and dynamic start-up co-founder with a broad range of commercial and managerial skills. Particular areas of expertise include strategy, product management, business development, internationalisation, project management, contract negotiation and drafting, operations management, marketing and PR gained from over 3 years' experience in a senior management role at the world's largest online action sports retailer, SurfStitch.com and over 4 years' experience in a top-tier Australian commercial law firm. I'm passionate about online businesses and the disruptive potential of technology on traditional industries.
Head of Operations @ From September 2015 to Present (2 months) SydneyCo-Founder @ Gravity is developing the best way to buy, track and share training programs on mobile devices. From April 2015 to August 2015 (5 months) Sydney/San FranciscoCEO & Co-Founder @ CapacityHQ is a marketplace of legal consultants that helps firms and corporates deal with surge capacity requirements. CapacityHQ is a Startmate 2015 startup, a top 5 accelerator according to Naval Ravikant and The Economist.
As CEO and Co-Founder, I was responsible for defining the product vision and roadmap, financial modelling, marketing and recruitment for the platform. CapacityHQ was acquired by LegalVision in June 2015. From August 2014 to April 2015 (9 months) SydneyGlobal Project Manager @ SurfStitch is the world’s largest online action sports retailer listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, with businesses in the US, Europe and Australia. I was responsible for leading cross-functional (engineering, marketing, design and operations) teams during the high growth phase of the business when it grew from 40 to 300+ employees on 2 continents. My role spanned product management, project management and strategy.
My main accomplishment was leading the team that established SurfStitch’s European business in France, including managing release of its multi-lingual, multi-currency desktop and mobile sites. This permitted the business to go from $0 to $1M+ in revenue within 12 months in a highly competitive retailing environment.
I was also accountable for the rollout of e-commerce for brands including SDS.com.au and twoseasons.co.uk (large multi-brand retailers in Australia and the UK respectively), Billabong, Nixon, Element, Tigerlily Swimwear, Dakine and Von Zipper in Australia and Europe. This involved matrix management across several brands, divisions, teams, locations and multiple third party suppliers to a very aggressive timeline. In total, I managed 14 web, mobile and iOS projects from business case creation and solution design through build, implementation and closure.
http://www.powerretail.com.au/news/surfstitch-goes-french/ From September 2010 to October 2013 (3 years 2 months) Hossegor, FranceLawyer @ A corporate disputes specialist, I advised blue chip clients ranging from accounting firms, public companies and their directors in relation to their litigious and non-litigious commercial disputes. Sectors of particular focus were financial services, property and resources.
During my time at Minter Ellison, I also worked in the Equity Capital Markets, Financial Services, Private Equity and Finance departments where I drafted, and advised in relation to, commercial contracts, loan/financing documents, real estate documents and company regulatory filings in a private and public company context.
During this time I also sat on the Minter Ellison Young Lawyers Committee and participated extensively in pro bono initiatives. From December 2004 to July 2010 (5 years 8 months) Sydney Area, Australia
Bachelor of Arts (BA) & Bachelor of Laws (LLB), History, Law, Honours @ University of New South Wales From 2001 to 2005 Master of Laws (LLM), Law @ Københavns Universitet From 2006 to 2006 Product Management @ General AssemblyPrince 2 Registered Practitioner, Project Management @ APM Group International Samantha Wong is skilled in: Project Planning, New Business Development, Litigation, Management, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Commercial Litigation, Contract Negotiation, Start-ups, E-commerce, Business Development, Digital Strategy, Product Management, Mobile Devices, Digital Media
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