Board and Executive Management
The Board currently comprises of Mike Turner as Chairman, Ben Crawford as Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Hayward as Chief Financial Officer, Desleigh Jameson as an Executive Director, and Samuel Dayani, Thomas Rickert, Thomas Pridmore and Iain McDonald as Non Executive Directors. Details of the Board are set out below:
Mike is a world leader in European and Trans-Atlantic Technology M&A. He has over 30 years of experience working in London, New York and Los Angeles, advising private and publicly held clients on corporate transactions in technology, telecoms, advertising/marketing services, traditional/digital media, internet and e-commerce sectors. Mike is a Partner and International Head of Technology Media and Communications at the international law firm Taylor Wessing. Previously, Mike was a General Partner responsible for technology investments at Oakfield Partners. Mike obtained an LLB at the University of Reading.
Chief Executive Officer
Ben Crawford is one of the best-known figures in the domain industry, featuring extensively on ICANN’s “Ask the Experts” website and is frequently quoted in the global media. Ben has been the Chief Executive Officer of CentralNic since 2009, successfully launching the company into new markets including the Middle East, Japan and Russia, as well as winning 60 new TLD and the .PW ccTLD contracts. Ben is a specialist in global business and corporate development – his former positions included Founding President of Louise Blouin Media, integrating 11 acquisitions in three countries and launching artinfo.com; Managing Director of SportBusiness Group, where he launched the world’s leading online gambling trade media group, iGamingBusiness.com; and Executive Producer of the official website of the Sydney Olympic Games. Ben has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Sydney.
Chief Financial Officer
Glenn joined CentralNic in January 2014, bringing 20 years experience across a variety of sectors, with particular experience working with technology companies, most notably in the domain name industry. Most recently, Glenn worked as Executive Director, Business Development and Finance, for Nominet, the organisation which manages the .uk internet domain. Nominet has a turnover of £26 million with 130 employees. Glenn has a bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Birmingham and between 2011 and 2012 qualified in the Institute of Director's Certificate and then Diploma in Company Direction with distinction. He also won Finance Director of the Future at UK's Finance Director Excellence Awards 2011. Glenn qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 while working for a Morris & Co Chartered Accountants.
CEO - Retail
Desleigh Jameson is the CEO of CentralNic's Retail division, having joined the board following CentralNic's acquisition of the Instra Group in January 2016. She has more than 15 years of experience in retail management and start-ups. Prior to joining Instra, Desleigh was a director at Six Corporation Limited and the CEO of Retail Institute in New Zealand. She was also the founder of Allied Fastening Limited, a supplier of niche fastening products to power utilities, construction, and engineering companies. Desleigh has an Executive MBA from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Non Executive Director
Samuel Dayani is a partner at the Joseph Samuel Group and responsible for managing the group investments and business development. He is also a Director of Opes Industries Ltd, a waste to energy, landfill and recycling business. From 2001-2005, Samuel was the Chief Operating Officer and then Managing Director of ViaVision Ltd, an interactive TV company, before it was sold to Yoomedia plc. Samuel graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London with a BSc in Business and Biology in 2000.
Non Executive Director
Thomas Rickert is an attorney-at-law in Germany. He is the owner of Rickert Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, a law firm with offices in Bonn and Frankfurt am Main. Thomas has extensive experience in the domain industry working on domain disputes as well as advising Registrars, Registry Service Providers and new gTLD applicants both on contractual as well as policy matters. Thomas is an expert speaker on domain related subjects both at the national and international level. Thomas has been appointed by ICANN’s Nominating Committee to serve on the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO), which is the body responsible for developing policy for generic domain names.
Non Executive Director
Tom Pridmore began his career as a solicitor at Norton Rose, specialising in corporate finance, where he acted on behalf of institutional clients in relation to a variety of corporate finance and M&A activities. Tom then joined Flextech/Telewest Plc as Head of Corporate Strategy, where he was responsible for directing investment into strategic Internet and interactive television companies. In 2000, Tom co-founded the international fund manager and investment adviser Development Capital Management Limited. In this capacity he has set-up and managed real estate investment and development operations in Turkey, India, North Africa, Eastern Europe and the UK on behalf of both institutional and private clients.
Non Executive Director
Iain is a global expert in technology and e-commerce, having had a strong track record in investing in early stage companies such as ASOS, The Hut Group, Eagle Eye Solutions, Anatwine and Metapack. He is an advisor to the William Currie Group, a family office founded by financier Bill Currie to invest mainly in technology and e-commerce companies. Iain is also a non-executive director of various of his investee companies, as well as other technology companies such as My Sale Group plc and Houseology Design Group Limited, and was nominated as a NED of the year in 2015 by the Sunday Times NED Awards. Previously, Iain was a top-ranked retail and e-commerce analyst and held positions in a number of UK investment banks. Iain graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), with a Bsc in Economics & Economics History.
Key members of the senior management include Gavin Brown, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer. Summary of his biography is set out below;
Chief Technology Officer
Gavin has worked at CentralNic since 2001, becoming chief technology officer in 2005. He has responsibility for all aspects of CentralNic’s Registry Engine and all technical elements of the integrated global reseller network. He is a highly respected figure in the domain industry and has been published in several professional technical journals and as well as participating in a number of technical public policy and advocacy groups.
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