Leading franchise and multi-location management software provider, FranConnect, is expanding into the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and Asia Pacific (APAC) markets, on the back of its acquisition of World Manager.

Under the consolidated company, FranConnect offers the most comprehensive franchise and multi-location management solutions to franchisors and multi-location businesses in the market globally.

A key part of the company’s expansion is the appointment of Paul Sharpe as general manager of ANZ, responsible for go-to-market activities including strategy, sales, customer success, and growth of FranConnect product lines in the region.

Australia has a significant franchise and multi-location sector with tremendous potential for growth, according to FranConnect CEO, Gabby Wong.

“Along with our World Manager acquisition, we are thrilled to bring FranConnect’s cutting-edge franchise and multi-location management solutions to Australian franchisors and businesses, enabling them to optimise their operations, increase profitability, and achieve sustainable success.

“We can’t think of a better person to achieve this than Paul, and we welcome him into the FranConnect global team. Paul is a seasoned professional who brings a well-rounded and dynamic background to the team. He is a creative sales and business leader with demonstrated capabilities in transforming and building high-performance teams.”

Prior to FranConnect, Sharpe held senior leadership roles at Nexon, IBM, Samsung, and NTT, with extensive experience leading sales, product, and marketing teams; general business operations; transformations; and has managed acquisition integrations at scale.

Starting as a franchise-focused software solution, FranConnect has expanded its services to include all multi-location businesses such as retail chains, restaurant and hospitality chains, automotive service centres, beauty and hair salons, healthcare clinics, and more.

FranConnect’s software suite includes modules for onboarding and training, operations and compliance management, lead generation and marketing, performance analytics, and more. Existing customers in Australia include Nike, Billabong, Domino’s, Nando’s, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Hungry Jacks, and Ben & Jerry’s.