One of the Board’s primary accountabilities is to appoint the Chief Executive. We have been privileged and fortunate to have had Xero’s founder Rod Drury in this role since he founded the company 12 years ago.
Steve Vamos took over as Xero’s Chief Executive on 1 April this year and the Board welcomes him to Xero. Steve has a leadership track record in some of the world’s most iconic technology companies, including Apple, IBM, and Microsoft. He also has a deep understanding of high-growth companies, having worked with start-ups, including ninemsn in Australia, which he grew into an industry leader.
Steve brings an invaluable skill set to lead Xero. He understands the Xero business and the scale of the opportunity.
In the 18 months before he was appointed CEO, Steve worked as a consultant alongside Xero's leadership team in developing management capability, and honing Xero's operating model.
Steve’s appointment underpins Xero’s evolution from a founder-led company to a business with worldwide scale. Steve has the experience, capability and commitment we need to grow Xero, and the Board is delighted to have secured somebody of his calibre for this critical role.