Keeping the Bastards Honest
Released 10 January 2001
Paul Blewett's interest in corporate law traces its origin to a
harrowing brief he took from a convicted murderer.
Paul, recently appointed to the position of Group Legal Counsel
for Australian software multinational Prophecy International, met
the gentleman in question in a prison cell with a meeting table
in the centre.
When he found himself sitting at the table with the convicted killer
between him and the door - the only exit - he recognised a serious
downside of practising criminal law. "I never sat on that side
of the table again," he recalls.
Since then, Paul has recast his legal experience into the corporate
area and most recently worked for mining giant Western Mining.
Mr Blewett joins Prophecy as the company experiences record growth,
providing expertise in the review and negotiation of commercial
contracts and ensuring the company's activities are in accordance
with the legal systems of the more than 20 countries in which it
operates. He takes over these responsibilities from Prophecy co-founder
Brian Calvert who has retired, moving to a non-executive directorship.
"The attraction of joining a company like Prophecy was that
it's an international, publicly listed company with operations around
the world and a long standing Adelaide success story," he said.
Prophecy develops and distributes globally its e-Foundation products
that enable clients to deploy powerful enterprise-wide information
systems in a very short timeframe.
Mr Blewett cut his teeth at Prophecy in a crucial contract review
role with ANZ Bank's Asset Finance division, which has selected
Prophecy's e-Foundation technology to develop its finance system
in a multi million-dollar Internet-based software project.
"It was an interesting project to work on as it is a major
deal for Prophecy," he said. "The challenge was to create
the documentation to address the unique project."
The deal with ANZ, expected to generate significant annual service
revenues for Prophecy, was a major endorsement for Prophecy's unique
technology, representing a significant milestone in the acceptance
of its world-leading e-Foundation software as the cornerstone of
large development projects.
Prophecy e-Foundation provides front-end e-commerce through to back-office
e-business systems for organisations. Clients range from Sofia Water
in Bulgaria and National Express coachlines in the UK to State of
Colorado in the US.