He is Chief Executive Officer of the online accounting software company Xero, a former director of Trade Maine, and was a key player in the now-defunct Pacific Fibre project In 1995 Drury established Glazier Systems, a New Zealand software development and consulting company. Glazier Systems was eventually acquired by Advantage Group in 1999 for about $7.5 million and continues today as Intergen.
Drury subsequently founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of AfterMail which was acquired by Quest Software (subsequently acquired by Dell) for United States$15 million in January 2006.
In July 2006 Drury founded Xero, a publicly listed software as a service accounting-software company, of which he is Chief Executive. In October 2007 Rod was a judge for the New Zealand Open Source Awards.
Drury co-founded Pacfic Fibre, a company which attempted to build an internet cable between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The cable would have costed around $400 million, and the venture was ultimately unsuccessful.
Drury lives in a "high tech townhouse" in the Hawke"s Bay region with his family, and is of Ngai Tahu descent.