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Vadacom Leadership Team

Executive Directors

Aaron Ridgway, CEO

Aaron secured $1million of investment funding for Vadacom in September 2014 and joined the team as CEO to lead the next stage of growth and development.  Aaron’s twenty-plus years' of commercial experience includes founding cloud contact-centre technology company, Datasquirt, and leading the business, as CEO, through growth, globalisation and purchase by a Silicon Valley corporation.

Aaron also founded, grew and managed New Zealand’s most successful, independently owned, Vodafone mobile dealership - First Mobile Takapuna, led Deloittes 5th fastest growing company in New Zealand, 2005 and was awarded NZ Young Entrepreneur of the year, 2007. Aaron is an Executive Director of Vadacom.

Igor Portugal, CTO

Igor is a co-founder of Vadacom, steering the business from its roots as New Zealand’s first SIP Trunks integrators to the ground-breaking phone system software development company it is today. Igor is an experienced and visionary technology leader. In 2000 he co-founded Asterisk Ltd, New Zealand's first Linux specialist practice which was sold to Gen-i in 2003. Igor is an Executive Director of Vadacom.

Scott Keon, Sales Director

Scott is a co-founder of Vadacom and an experienced PBX sales professional with over 16 years’ experience in telephony. Prior to that Scott held various executive roles including CEO of Redken New Zealand. Scott is an Executive Director of Vadacom.

Non Executive Directors


Lindsay Phillips, Chairman

Lindsay Phillips has been involved in private equity for over 25 years, commencing in 1987 with M.J.H. Nightingale & Co. Limited in London/New York and subsequently Australia since 1995. His experience includes seven years (1980-87) with Price Waterhouse and twenty six years in investment banking/private equity in the United Kingdom, Europe, USA and Australia including five years (2007-12) as Managing Director of Lazard Australia Private Equity. Lindsay is currently Managing Director of two investment funds - Phoenix Development Fund and Nightingale Partners - focused on providing patient expansion capital to family companies. He serves as a Director of most of the companies in which the funds are invested.


Kieron Lawson

Serving the Vadacom Board in an advisory capacity, Kieron Lawson is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Silicon Valley company, LiveOps. Based in New Zealand, Kieron carries global responsibility for all engineering, program management and security functions at LiveOps.

He has over 20 years’ experience building large scale applications across a variety of verticals including customer service, CRM, and eCommerce, including as CTO at Datasquirt where he was responsible for development of the award winning CONTACT multichannel contact centre platform, as well as successful implementations at organisations such as Royal Mail Group, Amway, and DBS Bank in Singapore.

Prior to Datasquirt Kieron held a number of management and leadership positions in the technology industry including Founder and Technical Director at Aegility eLearning and Chief Software Architect at Exonet.

Team Leaders


Stuart Elliott, Installations & Service Manager

Stuart has an IT focused customer service background with over 10 years of experience in telecommunications industry with a heavy IT related focus.


Nic Bellamy, Head of Engineering

Nic is a co-founder of Vadacom. Nic is one of New Zealand‘s top experts in Linux engineering, VoIP, Email servers, Networking and Security. Nic is one of the founders of the New Zealand Linux users group.

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