Meet the Senior Executive Team



David Brookes
Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder

David Brookes is the Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder of Presence of IT, responsible for the overall business operations, as well as driving the company’s business strategy and growth plans. 

In 1999, David established Presence of IT with Shaun Flannery, currently Chief Technology Officer of Presence of IT. Since then, David has successfully carried forward the company’s vision of becoming a global leader in HR/Payroll and Workforce Management cloud solutions, expanding the company to over 700 staff across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Thailand, Jordan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, the United States and Canada.

David has more than 20 years’ of experience in the technology industry. Before founding Presence of IT, he was a Managing Consultant for software giant SAP. Prior to this he was a Project Manager for the NRMA SAP Payroll project. 


Shaun Flannery
Chief Technology Officer, Presence of IT

Shaun Flannery is Chief Technology Officer of Presence of IT, responsible for establishing the company's internal technology strategy, as well as overseeing the architecture of Presence of IT’s go-to-market solutions, ensuring customer satisfaction.

Shaun is one of Presence of IT’s co-founders, establishing the company with David Brookes in 1999 as a specialist HR/Payroll technology provider, servicing predominantly SAP customers. 

Shaun has more than 20 years’ of experience in the IT and HR/Payroll industries. Before founding Presence of IT, he was the Northern region consulting lead for HR/Payroll for SAP Australia. Prior to that, he was with BHP information technology.

Shane Grobler
Co-CEO, Presence of IT

As Presence of IT’s Co-CEO, Shane Grobler is responsible for leading the business’ worldwide growth strategy across North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific & Japan. In addition to his senior leadership position, Shane’s main area of focus is on driving global sales and business development across the organization, including the building of key strategic partnerships to support the various strategic global initiatives

The growth of the Presence of IT brand, especially in recent years under Shane’s stewardship, is largely due to the success of the business in the Cloud category. A large share of the success can be attributed to the innovation in digital platforms for both sales and cloud delivery, which has seen Presence of IT become one of the global leaders in SAP SuccessFactors.

Prior to joining Presence of IT in 2013, Shane was a long-term SAP employee of 17 years having commenced his career at SAP as a consultant, before transitioning into consulting management, presales management and sales management.

In later years, Shane also held several senior leadership roles including leading the SAP Ecosystem & Channels business, Chief Operating Officer in addition to several periods as Interim Managing Director & President for SAP Australia & New Zealand.

Shane is a 20 years veteran of the IT industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in Science (Pharmacy) from the University of Natal – Durban (South Africa) and a MBA from the University of Durban-Westville (South Africa). Shane is based out of the Presence of IT head office in Sydney, Australia.