Board and Executive Management

The Board currently comprises of Mike Turner as Chairman, Ben Crawford as Chief Executive Officer, Don Baladasan as Chief Financial Officer, and Iain McDonald, Samuel Dayani, Thomas Rickert and Thomas Pridmore as Non Executive Directors. Details of the Board are set out below:

Mike Turner

Chairman

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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.

Benjamin Crawford

Chief Executive Officer

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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.


Don Baladasan

Chief Financial Officer

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Don, a Chartered Management Accountant, has several years' experience of being Finance Director of AIM listed companies. Over the last five years he has assisted AIM listed businesses in raising £25 million of equity in addition to overseeing a series of acquisitions including reverse takeovers. Don has several years' experience of integrating internationally acquired companies from a finance, governance and commercial perspective. This experience was gained at Stemcor, an international steel trader which at the time had operations in 46 countries and a turnover in excess of £6bn, where Don was Head of Accounting Development. Don initially studied Medicine at Guys Hospital before completing a BSc in Economics at CASS Business School. He was then awarded a place on the Financial Times graduate scheme where he trained as a Chartered Management Accountant.

Iain McDonald

Non Executive Director

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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.


Samuel Dayani

Non Executive Director

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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.

Thomas Rickert

Non Executive Director

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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.


Thomas Pridmore

Non Executive Director

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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.


Senior Management

Key members of the senior management include Gavin Brown, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer. Summary of his biography is set out below;

Gavin Brown

Chief Technology Officer

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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 as well as participating in a number of technical public policy and advocacy groups.



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