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Board of Directors

Iain McDonald

Iain McDonald


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 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.


Benjamin Crawford

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.


Michael Riedl

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.


Don Baladasan

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.

Sam Dayani

Samuel Dayani

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.

Thomas Rickert

Thomas Rickert

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.

Thomas Pridmore

Thomas Pridmore

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.