Steve Vamos

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Born1957
NationalityNew Zealander
CitizenshipNew Zealand
Alma mater
  • Ku-ring-gai High School
  • Greenwich High School
  • University of New South Wales.
Occupation
  • Business executive
  • Advisor
  • Business coach
Children
  • Two children
  • Six children

Steve Vamos (born 1957) is a business executive, advisor,and business coach and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Xero,a global cloud-based accounting software platform for small businesses.

Early life

Vamos attended Ku-ring-gai High School in Sydney, Australia. He later moved to Connecticut where he attended Greenwich High School.[1] Vamos received an honours degree in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales.[2]

Career history

Vamos started his career at IBM Australia, where he worked for over a decade across various professional and general manager roles. In 1994, Vamos joined Apple Computer Australia as the Managing Director and in 1996 moved to Apple Computer Asia Pacific as Corporate Vice President. In 1994, Vamos joined Apple Computer Australia as the Managing Director and in 1996 moved to Apple Computer Asia Pacific as Corporate Vice President. In 1998 Vamos became CEO of ninemsn, he was responsible for leading and developing the online business from a start-up to an industry leader. In 2003, Vamos joined Microsoft[3] as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, Vamos was named Vice President,Sales and International, Online Services, where he was responsible for the management and performance of global and U.S. online advertising sales in more than 30 countries.[4] Before his role at Xero, Vamos was a Non-Executive Director of Fletcher Building Limited (Steve resigned in March 2020)and a Non-Executive Director of Telstra (Steve resigned in August 2018).[5] Vamos is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Xero[6], where he leads the global growth and performance of the company. Since April 2018, Xero subscriptions grew from 1.386 million[7] to 2.453 million in September 2020[8]. Xero continues to expand its global reach to the UK & EMEA North America[9] and Asia.[10]

Not for profit

Vamos was the founder and President of the Society for Knowledge Economics[11], a not for profit organisation that operated from 2005 to 2014. Vamos was an Ambassador for Starlight the I.T Fund for Kids and was involved in the creation of "Know IT All" fundraising quiz dinner,[12] part of the Starlight fundraising program.

Personal life

Vamos is involved in professional speaking events. He’s built his career around the belief that the more technology is available and being used, the more the human element matters. And that technology doesn’t innovate - people do. Vamos has been an advisor and business coach to business leaders of startup ventures and large enterprises.[13] He was also a Member of the Advisory Board of the University of Technology Sydney Business School, joining in 2012.[14] Steve has two children and six grandchildren. He currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

References

  1. "Greenwich High School class lists - contact old friends". old-friends.co. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  2. Withers, Stephen. "iTWire - Vamos takes the helm at Xero". www.itwire.com. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  3. "INFORMATION INDUSTRIES". Australian Financial Review. 2004-07-30. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  4. Barbaschow, Asha. "Xero founder Rod Drury steps down as CEO". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  5. "Xero chief executive Steve Vamos steps down from Telstra board". CRN Australia. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  6. Staff, Reuters (2018-03-04). "BRIEF-Xero Ltd Appoints Steve Vamos As CEO". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  7. ASX:XRO, Australian Securities Exchange (11 May 2018). "Xero Delivers Operating Revenue of $407m, 1.4m Subscribers, Achieves Positive EBITDA of 426m and Operating Cash Flow of $41m".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ASX:XRO, Australian Securities Exchange (12 November 2020). "Xero 2021 Interim Report".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Xero revamps Early U.S. plans, debuts 'Xero on Air'". Accounting Today. 2020-09-14. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  10. How the Pandemic Has Impacted Small Businesses, retrieved 2020-12-22
  11. "Steve Vamos". www.creativeinnovationglobal.com.au. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  12. Editors, ZDNet. "Microsoft challenges Aussie IT industry to IQ test". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-08-31. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  13. "Xero's New CEO Vamos Puts People, Not Tech, Front and Centre - The Latest on Accounting Tech for SMEs". digitalfirst.com. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  14. Withers, Stephen. "iTWire - Vamos takes the helm at Xero". www.itwire.com. Retrieved 2020-12-22.

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