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Former MD of Microsoft, Apple (Australia and New Zealand), & current CEO of Xero

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Steve Vamos has 40 years of 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 company Xero since April 2018, where he leads the business’s growth and performance with a team of more than 3,000 employees. Born in the cloud, Xero is a beautiful, easy to use platform for small businesses and their advisors with over 2.45 million subscribers to the platform in over 180 countries. Xero offers an ecosystem of over 800 third-party apps and 200 plus connections to banks and other financial partners.

In 2020, Xero was included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and recognised by IDC MarketScape as a leader in its worldwide SaaS and cloud-enabled small business finance and accounting applications vendor assessment.

Previous experience

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.

Talking Points

Creating and Enabling Innovation at Work

The world is now a highly connected and fast changing economic and social system, as are the organisations within which we 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.
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 personal 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.

Recruitment & Consulting Services Assoc (NSW/ACT)

Steve was the stand-out speaker of the day, we have had fantastic feedback about his presentation and content and style.

Insurance Commission of WA

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.

KDT Consulting

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.

The Faculty Management Consultants
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