CEO and Chairman
Annmarie Gayle has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors since 2011. Prior thereto, she spent two years assisting with the restructuring of our Company. She previously served with the Company as Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs between 2006 and 2007. Earlier in her career she worked for a major London law practice, the United Nations and the European Union. Ms. Gayle has a strong background in restructuring and has spent more than 12 years in a number of countries where she has been the lead adviser to a number of transitional administrations on privatizing banks and reforming state-owned assets in the CEE countries including banking, infrastructure and telecommunications assets. Ms. Gayle has also managed a number of large European Union funded projects. Ms. Gayle holds a Law degree gained at the University of London and a Masters of Law degree from Cambridge University. She is qualified to practice as a solicitor in England & Wales. Because of her wealth of experience in corporate governance, large scale project management, restructuring, strategy, structuring and managing corporate transactions, we believe that she is highly qualified to act as our Chief Executive Officer.
CFO and Divisional CEO of Coda Octopus Colmek, Inc.
Michael Midgley has been our Chief Financial Officer since December 2017, following his tenure as our acting CFO since 2013. Mr. Midgley also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Coda Octopus Colmek, Inc. since 2010, which he joined in 2008. Mr. Midgley’s 42-year career spans business, accounting and finance in many industries. He is an expert in data mapping and conversion to JD Edwards World General Accounting software, and previously had his own CPA practice specializing in SEC and Tax practice areas, as well as worked for a regional accounting firm. He was President and CFO of Covol Technologies, Inc., 1991-1995, and CFO of Human Affairs Inc., 1986-1991. Mr. Midgley is a qualified CPA in the state of Utah, and attended the University of Utah. Due to Mr. Midgley’s expertise in complex financial reporting procedures, payroll, audit duties, tax and benefit management, we believe that he is highly qualified to serve as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer.
President of Technology, Divisional CEO of Coda Octopus Products Inc
Blair Cunningham has been with the Company since July 2004 and has had a number of roles including his current position of President of Technology and CEO of Coda Octopus Products, Inc., Chief Technology Officer of Coda Octopus Group, Inc. since 2005 and Senior Vice President of Products Division between July 2004 and July 2005. Earlier in his career he worked for several firms as a systems analyst and developer. Mr. Cunningham has a strong background in technology development, design and large-scale software development with a key focus on process efficiency and end-user experience. Mr. Cunningham received an HND in Computer Science in 1989 from Moray College of Further Education, Elgin, Scotland. Because of Mr. Cunningham’s expertise in technology and delivery of large scale software projects, the Company believes that he is highly qualified to serve in his current roles.