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Board of Directors

Mike Turner

Mike Turner

Chairman

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.

Ben Crawford

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.

Don Baladasan

Don Baladasan

Chief Financial Officer

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

Iain McDonald

Iain McDonald

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 My Sale Group plc, 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.

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.