Steve Vamos has more than 30 years' experience in global technology and digital media. He has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Asia.
Steve has been CEO of ASX-listed tech giant Xero since April 2018, where he leads the business’s growth and performance with a team of more than 2,700 employees. Born in the cloud, Xero is a beautiful, easy to use platform for small businesses and their advisors with more than 2 million subscribers to the platform in over 180 countries. On the inaugural 2018 Financial Times FT1000 High-Growth Companies Asia Pacific list, Xero was the fastest growing tech company in the $200 million+ segment.
Steve serves as a non-executive director on the board of ASX/NZX listed Fletcher Building (appointed July 2015) and is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Technology Sydney Business School.
Non-executive director: Steve has previously served as a non-executive director of Telstra, Medibank Private and David Jones and as a non-executive director and advisor to a range of Australian organisations, which span from start-ups through to large established companies.
CEO: Steve has also been Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, ninemsn, Vice President and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific, and Managing Director of Apple Computer Australia.
Microsoft: In his role at Microsoft as Vice President of worldwide sales and international operations for Microsoft Corporation's Online Service Group, he was responsible for the organisation's international business in more than 30 countries around the world.
Non-profit: Steve was the founder and President of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE), a not-for-profit think-tank that operated from 2005 to 2014. SKE aimed to encourage and promote new and better leadership and management practices, which would enable innovation, productivity and sustainability.
Education: Steve holds a degree in Civil Engineering (with Honors) from the University of New South Wales.
The world is now a highly connected and fast changing economic and social system, as are the organisations within which we work.
Creating and Enabling Innovation at Work
Creating and Enabling Innovation at Work
Information and communications technology has amplified the potential of people (and the organisations they work for) as the internet, low cost computing devices and communications networks connect people with others of common interest and new sources of knowledge and information.
People, their knowledge, relationships and the extent to which they are encouraged and enabled by management to create and innovate, increasingly determine how value is created for their organisation. This is a big change to embrace because traditionally we hired people to do what they were told, and now we want them to create, collaborate and innovate.
Technology doesn't innovate - people do! Technology isn't disrupting your business, people are!
As a result, organisations that don't focus on enabling their people to create the future and innovate will find it tough to succeed in the future.
Steve Vamos will discuss the leadership and management consequences of the changes going on in the world and outline approaches business leaders and their teams can employ to drive creativity and innovation in their organisation.
Digital Disruption is a human thing - Steve Vamos at TEDx MelbourneSteve believes that now more than ever the old way of doing things is hurting more than helping. Digital disruption requires new ways of thinking. Here he explains why. Steve advocates that we need to think about how much of our conditioning at work is about doing what we’re told rather than about how to create the future. He believes having an adventurous mind means being willing to try new things and perhaps failing and to be a “learn it all” not “know it all”
Steve Vamos @SaxtonSpeakers Australia SpeaksSteve Vamos has more than 30 years’ experience in the information technology and online media industries and has lived and worked in Australia, the United States and Asia. He currently serves as a non-executive Director of Telstra and as Chairman of Australian startup (and now New York based) Reading Room Inc, a social network for book lovers.
Steve Vamos | Leadership in the Digital Era | GE At Work 2014Steve Vamos has more than 30 years experience in the information technology and online media industries and has lived and worked in Australia, the United States and Asia.
Steve Vamos at Creative Innovation 2013 Asia PacificNon Executive Director of Telstra, Medibank and David Jones, Steve Vamos stresses the importance to recognise the potential of your employees and to define success. Steve also asks what will leadership success look like for Australia, and urges us to act now in order to stop the inertia.
Steve VamosSteve Vamos is an information technology and online media industry leader who understands the challenges of operating in the connected and fast changing economy we work in today. He is a passionate speaker on a variety of topics including leadership, organisational performance and potential, innovation and digital strategies, as well as his personal views on the leadership, culture and management approaches needed in the face of the major global issues affecting Australian companies.
Ita Buttrose up close and personal with Steve Vamos, Theresa Gattung and Brad Howarthta Buttrose discussing business and technology with Steve Vamos, Theresa Gattung and Brad Howarth at Business: It ain't what it used to be! The August 2011 Melbourne Saxton Corporate Luncheon was part of Energise Enterprise, The Victorian Government's Small Business Festival.
Steve Vamos, Founding President of the Society for Knowledge Economics presentation at Ci2010Steve Vamos has quite a resume. He has worked for Microsoft, Apple, Nine MSN, was the Founding President of the Society for Knowledge Economics, and now sits on the board of Telstra. This presentation on 'Leading Creativity and Innovation in Organisations' focuses on the seemingly obvious but so often overlooked asset -- the most valuable asset we have in business -- people. Creative Innovation events are a rare opportunity to learn, think, connect and share ideas with some of the world's most influential thinkers under one roof. Inspire your leadership and achieve business success.
I would like to thank you for your inspirational and engaging presentation. The feedback from the staff about your presentation has been fantastic. They really enjoyed hearing about your per ... keep readingsonal journey in the workforce and the messages and stories you shared were very valuable. Hearing your journey helped spark in-depth discussion about issues that affect us all and I know the female staff were able to relate to many of your experiences. The day concluded on a high note with many solutions and suggestions being tabled. Being the first of many forums we will hold for our staff, your contribution was pivotal in making the day such a great success. It has helped to empower and engage our staff in being part of the solution. Randwick City Council
Delegates thought that Steve Vamos was incredibly down to earth and very dynamic.
Steve was the stand-out speaker of the day, we have had fantastic feedback about his presentation and content and style.
Steve Vamos has a remarkable presence when connecting with a group. He has the ability to relay his stories of his career with a candour and ease that gets people's attention. He is a truly authentic leader and that came across in his panel participation. Steve was generous with his time in terms of connecting with participants during and after the Forum - more than willing to share his experience and expertise. Working with him beforehand to prep and form the panel discussion was very easy - he's a delight to work with and made a huge contribution to this being one of our most successful events yet.
Steve is an exceptional speaker and thought leader. He is spearheading a new school of thinking around leadership that enables others to reach their potential, and challenges us to think differently/adopt a new, collaborative mindset that is critical to the success in a rapidly changing and connected world. A perfect message for anyone leading today and into the future. Steve is ahead of his time and leaders of today need to catch up if they wish to remain competitive in the future.