Our Board Of Directors

Our Board Of Directors

It’s our talented team of people at MagGrow who are committed to bringing the best in innovation and technology to our customers around the globe
Paul Dacier

Paul Dacier

Dacier is currently the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Indigo Agriculture, Inc. Founded in 2014, Indigo Ag has been referred to as “the world’s most disruptive technology company”. He has helped Indigo raise over $1.5bn in venture capital funding – making it a ‘unicorn’ with a total valuation of over $2bn.

Irish aircraft leasing company AerCap, appointed Dacier as Chairman of the Board in 2020 after seven years as Vice Chairman and three years as a Non-Executive Director. The company recently bid $30billion for General Electric’s aircraft leasing business.

Dacier joined the senior executive team at EMC Corporation in 1990 when the company was worth around $170m and had 750 employees. Over the following 26 years he led the company’s worldwide legal and compliance functions; oversaw the company’s internal audit, real estate and facilities organizations; and directed sustainability, aviation, and government affairs departments; contributing to significant international growth, as EMC became one of the largest high technology companies in the world, with over $24bn in revenue and a workforce of over 68,000.

A graduate of Marquette University Law School, Dacier was President of the Boston Bar Association in 2013 & 2014. He is the only General Counsel to serve as President of the Association, founded by John Adams in the 1700s. He is also a trustee of the Social Law Library, one of the largest legal research institutions in the United States.

In 2015, Paul was appointed chairman of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Charles D. Baker, Jr.  This twenty-one-person commission advises the Governor on candidates for judicial office in Massachusetts. In 2016, he was named co-chairman of the Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission by Governor Baker.

Paul is the recipient of several distinguished service awards because of his many contributions to civic, professional, and community groups over the years. In 2015, Marquette University Law School, Wisconsin,  named him Alumnus of the Year. In 2021, Paul received the St. Thomas More Award from Boston College Law School.

Paul received a bachelor’s degree in History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Paul and his wife, Kim, live in Sherborn, MA. 

GARY WICKHAM

Gary Wickham, founding member & CEO of MagGrow is an accomplished and highly experienced entrepreneur & businessman. Gary began his career in Henkel Loctite Ireland where he held several senior management positions which included building Loctite’s first ever cleanroom facility for the Biomedical and Microelectronic product ranges.

Following his MBA Gary joined Reheis Pharma Ireland as Managing Director with a turnover of €40million. In 2003 Gary co-founded StayCity apartment hotels, a highly successful international business with a turnover of €50 million and over 400 employees.

MEL HURLEY

Mel has over 25 years international experience in senior management roles with companies such as Rentokil Initial (UK), Fiserv (USA) and Changing Worlds (Ireland) bought out by Amdocs (USA).

While having extensive experience in senior finance roles from the early 90’s he has also developed his skills across sales, operations and general management with a particular lean towards scaling businesses.

DAVID MOORE

David Moore, founding member & Director of strategic business development of MagGrow is an experienced businessman that has worked across a wide number of sectors and in both multinationals and startups. A Manufacturing Engineer by trade, David began his career in Bayer Diagnostics as a Product Engineer, before moving to Henkel Loctite in 1997 as an Industrial Engineer. While in Henkel he was then promoted to the role of Operations Manager where he was responsible for 160 staff and a budget of €16mi. During his MBA studies David developed the entrepreneurial bug and in 2007 he left Henkel Loctite to establish Metro Golf which is an Indoor Golf Lounge and Bar.

In 2010, he began providing business consultancy services to different companies including StayCity Apartments with whom he worked with for 3 years providing assistance to the executive team across a range of areas including Strategy, Operations and IT. In June 2013, David founded MagGrow together with Gary Wickham with the goal being to bring the innovative spraying technology to the marketplace.

FRANK VAN BEZOOIJEN

Frank van Bezooijen, is an investor and non executive board member of MagGrow. He started his career at EY. Auditing with a wide variety of national and international companies.

After 10 years Frank joined a family office, first as CFO and later also as CCO. Main activities were asset management and project development, locally and internationally. In that period Frank became inspired by his clients into philanthropy. In 2007 Frank started his own asset management company.

The Atrium Group co-developed real estate projects in Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, US, Canada and holds several VC investments. Frank holds a BBA from HES Amsterdam and a RA (Dutch CPA) from the University of Amsterdam.

Jochem Verberne

Jochem Verberne is a global leader in corporate sustainability, and an investor in and advisor to innovative companies which aim to reduce the pressures on our common home. Until August 2018, Jochem acted as Global Partnerships Director at WWF International, the largest conservation organisation in the world, and as such responsible for WWF’s leadership position in partnering with the public and private sector to drive sustainable business practices and investments. Prior to WWF, Jochem worked at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for six years after graduating with an MSc from the University of Technology Delft in The Netherlands.

Hendrik van Asbroeck

Hendrik is a Partner at Astanor Ventures, an impact Venture Capital fund which is building a sustainable and regenerative agri-food technology sector.

Before he was Engie’s group Innovation & New business director. In this role he created and managed Engie New Ventures, Engie’s Corporate Venture Capital Fund.

Hendrik holds a master’s degree in business engineering from the K.U. Leuven University. He holds additional diplomas from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, the European Energy Institute, and Insead-Cedep.

Ian Moore

Ian Moore is an investor and non-executive board member of MagGrow. He is a chartered electrical engineer by profession. Has had a highly successful career for over 30 years with FG Wilson (a Caterpillar Inc. subsidiary) an international prime power and back-up generator manufacturer based in Belfast. Ian held a number of senior roles within FG Wilson, including having the responsibility for worldwide distribution and dealer support. He was also a Director of various companies within the Caterpillar organisation.

Ian is a shareholder and non-executive board member in machinery dealership companies with the exclusive rights to distribute & install across a number of territories including Ireland. In addition to the above he is an investor in a life science marine extracts company based in Co. Louth. This is a high potential growth company , with its products having exceptional qualities and benefits to skin, skin healing and improving immune function. Ian also has property interests both here in Ireland & abroad.

Arthur Pierse

Arthur is an Investment Principal at Astanor. Before Astanor, Arthur was the CEO and Co-Founder of BorrowFox, the UK-based peer to peer rental marketplace for creatives. He successfully led growth, recruitment and fundraising efforts until its acquisition in 2019. Before BorrowFox, Arthur worked in the financial services sector in London for four years.

Arthur holds an MSc degree in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh (2011), a B.A. from Trinity College Dublin in Business and Economics (2010) and an Investment Advice Diploma (CF30) from the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (2013).

Faye Walsh Drouillard

Faye is founder of WakeUp Capital, a venture impact fund. A catalyst for social and environmental impact via entrepreneurship, innovation, and enlightened funding models, Faye has diverse international experience and advises companies scaling to the next level of impact from both the entrepreneur and funder perspectives. MBA. Gender lens in operation.