New appointments to help turn Poolwerx into global franchise

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The pool and spa care franchise Poolwerx has appointed two new board members to enhance the strategic skillset of the group to include international finance and marketing expertise. 

Long serving Poolwerx team member and chief financial officer (CFO) Stephen Harris, and newly appointed marketing director and international franchise entrepreneur Troy Hazard will take a seat at the table for both the American and Australian /New Zealand boards.

Poolwerx board chairman Rod Young said the new appointments were confirmed as a part of a long term vision for the company’s overseas expansion. 

“Both Stephen and Troy provided vital guidance during the due diligence phase of our expansion planning and their knowledge and experience will continue to enhance the strategic vision of the board. Poolwerx has significant further expansion as a key part of our five year plan. The board and shareholders are very pleased they have accepted these appointments as they will add even more substance to the governance or the corporation as we build Poolwerx into a multi-national industry leader,” he said.

Troy Hazard, who is based in the US, has been a long-term consultant to Poolwerx CEO John O’Brien and assisted with the recent American acquisition negotiations. 

“The business model John O’Brien has created ensures the company has the right structure and brand qualities to make expansion very accessible for Poolwerx. Part of my role is to help the business reach its goal of becoming a truly global brand,” Hazard said.

Stephen Harris has been the company’s CFO for the past five years and will bring to the board his 20 year experience setting up companies overseas.

“Throughout my career I have assisted in setting up a number of companies across Canada, the UK and New Zealand so I have the right finance acumen to assist Poolwerx with its plans now and into the future,” he  said. 

Both Harris and Hazard have served on other boards around the world. 



Sarah Stowe

Sarah Stowe heads up the editorial in the Inside Franchise Business group at Octomedia. Sarah is a hands-on editor who has worked in consumer and B2B titles in UK and Australia and she has been editor of the View More...
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