Mike is a recognised leader in UK and cross-border 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 Global Head of Technology Media and Communications at the international law firm Taylor Wessing, as well as holding a number of non-executive Board positions with media and technology companies. Previously, Mike was a General Partner responsible for technology investments at Oakfield Partners. Mike obtained an LLB at the University of Reading.
Chief Executive Officer
Under Ben Crawford’s leadership, CentralNic has become the world’s highest-ranking provider of registry services for new gTLDs as well as a leader in registry services for ccTLDs, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Ben is a specialist in global business and corporate development in complex internet-related business with crucial stakeholder relations requirements, including government relations at up to Ministerial level. His former positions included Founding President of Louise Blouin Media, integrating 11 acquisitions in three countries and personally managed relationships with the Chinese Government; Managing Director of SportBusiness Group; and Executive Producer of the official website of the Sydney Olympic Games, where he first developed extensive experience in working with Governments on highly sensitive internet projects. Ben has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a First-Class Honours Degree from the University of Sydney.
Group Financial Director
Michael Riedl was Executive Vice President and CFO of KeyDrive S.A. from August 2011, overseeing the growth of the company over the next 7 years. Prior to joining KeyDrive S.A., Michael held managing positions in the private equity and ICT industries. He started his career with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants where he specialised in performance improvement programs. Michael was Chief Restructuring Officer at Group Saint-Paul in Luxembourg from 2004 to 2007 before joining DZ Equity Partners, the private equity firm, in Frankfurt in 2007. In 2008, Michael joined BIP Investment Partners where he worked on private equity opportunities with a focus on buyouts until 2011. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from James Madison University, USA, a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from European Business School, Germany, and a LLM from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He is also a Chartered Management Accountant.
Group Managing Director
Don, a Chartered Management Accountant, has years of experience as a 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 experience of integrating internationally acquired companies from a finance, governance and commercial perspective. Don was Head of Accounting Development at Stemcor, an international steel trader which at the time had operations in 46 countries and a turnover in excess of £6bn. 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Alex (Alexander) Siffrin founded Key-Systems in 1998 as student. Under his leadership the Key-Systems Group – including BrandShelter, RRPproxy, domaindiscount24, dotSaarland, KSregistry and KS-DataCenter – became a leading European Internet Service Provider. After the acquisition of NameDrive and the merger of the two groups Alex was Executive President and CEO of KeyDrive SA.
He is COO and Member of the Board of Directors of the CentralNic Group, London, and CEO of the Key-Systems Group of Companies. He is also CEO of inter.services GmbH – holdings/investments – a major shareholder of CentralNic Group. Alex has an international background on 3 Continents: he attended the German Embassy School in Addis Abeba/Ethiopia, the Grammar School „Gymnasium Schloss Hagerhof“ in Bad Honnef/ Germany and the German School „Colegio Mariscal Braun“ in La Paz/Bolivia. From 1995 to 2001 he studied physics and computer science at University of Saarland.
Non Executive Director
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 the founder of Belerion Capital, an investor and investment advisor 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 The Hut Group and Boohoo.com. 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.
Non Executive Director
Samuel Dayani is a partner at the Joseph Samuel Group, where he is responsible for managing the Group’s investments and business development in the Real Estate, Medtech, Energy & Renewables, Fashion and Technology & Telecoms sectors. Samuel was responsible for purchasing CentralNic in 2003 and managing the restructuring of the business, building the management team and delivering an institutional grade business for its listing in 2013. Previously Samuel was the Chief Operating Officer and later Managing Director of ViaVision Ltd, an interactive TV company on Sky, when it was sold to Yoomedia plc in 2004.
Non Executive Director
Thomas Rickert is an attorney-at-law in Germany. He is the owner of Rickert Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, a law firm based in Bonn, Germany. Thomas has extensive experience in the domain industry working on domain disputes as well as advising Registrars, Registry Service Providers and Registry Operators 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 served on the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO), which is the body responsible for developing policy for generic domain names, for 4 years (2011-2015). He is one of the co-chairs of the CCWG-ACCT, a group that works on improving ICANN’s accountability.
Non Executive Director
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.