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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.

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.

Igor Portugal

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.



Ryan O'Hare

Ryan O'Hare's career began in retail distribution before assuming control of the U.S. operations of a global energy and telecommunications services business.
In 1993, to capitalise on the imminent deregulation of the telecommunications industry, Ryan founded a startup telecommunications service provider, corpTEL Communications. corpTEL quickly became one of the largest privately owned telecommunication service providers in Australia, recording revenues in 1998 of over $150 million. Ryan was its major shareholder, Chief Executive and Chairman until its eventual sale to Australia's third largest carrier at the time, AAPT Limited.
People Telecom Limited was co-founded by Ryan in 2000. Five years later, annual revenues had grown to over $150 million. Today it is part of the Vocus Group that generates revenues of over $1 billion per annum.
Next Telecom was founded by Ryan in 2008 and has since become a multi award-winning IP telecommunications provider for business customers in Australia and across the United Kingdom.
As an extension to telecommunications, in 2014 Next Business Energy was born. Alongside its sister company, Next Telecom, it is now one of the fastest growing business to business energy retailers in Australia - delivering superior service via its talented staff and superior online technology.



Team Leaders


Stuart Elliott, COO

Stuart has an IT focused customer service background with over 15 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.

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