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Former MD of Microsoft, Apple (Australia and New Zealand), and current CEO of Xero


Steve Vamos has more than 30 years' experience in global technology and digital media. He has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Asia.

Steve has been CEO of ASX-listed tech giant Xero since April 2018, where he leads the business’s growth and performance with a team of more than 2,000 employees. Born in the cloud, Xero is a beautiful, easy to use platform for small businesses and their advisors with more than 1.6 million subscribers to the platform in over 180 countries. On the inaugural 2018 Financial Times FT1000 High-Growth Companies Asia Pacific list, Xero was the fastest growing tech company in the $200 million+ segment.

Steve serves as a non-executive director on the board of ASX/NZX listed Fletcher Building (appointed July 2015) and is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Technology Sydney Business School.

Previous experience

Non-executive director: Steve has previously served as a non-executive director of Telstra, Medibank Private and David Jones and as a non-executive director and advisor to a range of Australian organisations, which span from start-ups through to large established companies.

CEO: Steve has also been Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, ninemsn, Vice President and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific, and Managing Director of Apple Computer Australia.

Microsoft: In his role at Microsoft as Vice President of worldwide sales and international operations for Microsoft Corporation's Online Service Group, he was responsible for the organisation's international business in more than 30 countries around the world.

Non-profit: Steve was the founder and President of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE), a not-for-profit think-tank that operated from 2005 to 2014. SKE aimed to encourage and promote new and better leadership and management practices, which would enable innovation, productivity and sustainability.

Education: Steve holds a degree in Civil Engineering (with Honors) from the University of New South Wales.

Talking Points

Building great teams in changing times

Creating and Enabling Innovation at Work

The world is now a highly connected and fast changing economic and social system, as are the organisations within which we work.

Information and communications technology has amplified the potential of people (and the organisations they work for) as the internet, low cost computing devices and communications networks connect people with others of common interest and new sources of knowledge and information.

People, their knowledge, relationships and the extent to which they are encouraged and enabled by management to create and innovate, increasingly determine how value is created for their organisation. This is a big change to embrace because traditionally we hired people to do what they were told, and now we want them to create, collaborate and innovate.

Technology doesn't innovate - people do! Technology isn't disrupting your business, people are!

As a result, organisations that don't focus on enabling their people to create the future and innovate will find it tough to succeed in the future.

Steve Vamos will discuss the leadership and management consequences of the changes going on in the world and outline approaches business leaders and their teams can employ to drive creativity and innovation in their organisation.

Building and Executing an Effective Digital Strategy

Closing the Gap between Organisation Performance and Existing Potential

Creating/Enabling Innovation at Work

Leadership, Culture and Management Practices: for a connected world

Leadership, Culture and Management Practices: for a high-performance workplace



  • Culture
  • Mastering Leadership
  • CEO & Company Directors
  • Change Management
  • Purpose & Vision
  • Future of Work


  • Creativity
  • Science & Technology
  • Digital

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership
  • Intergenerational Leadership
I would like to thank you for your inspirational and engaging presentation. The feedback from the staff about your presentation has been fantastic. They really enjoyed hearing about your personal journey in the workforce and the messages and stories you shared were very valuable. Hearing your journey helped spark in-depth discussion about issues that affect us all and I know the female staff were able to relate to many of your experiences. The day concluded on a high note with many solutions and suggestions being tabled. Being the first of many forums we will hold for our staff, your contribution was pivotal in making the day such a great success. It has helped to empower and engage our staff in being part of the solution. Randwick City Council
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