Our culture


Our Executive Team

 
Chris Newton-Smith

Chris Newton-Smith

Chief Executive Officer
 

Chris joined iRiS in July 2017 as CEO, and is responsible for all customer facing and internal operational activities. Given his own sales, product and marketing background he also leads the Sales organisation.

Prior to iRiS, Chris was General Manager and Chief Marketing & Product Officer at Redknee Communications, which he joined as 10th employee and helped grow from $5m into a $250m SAAS business with 1,500+ staff, through a combination of organic growth aligned to major corporate customers (eg Vodafone and O2) and acquisition (Nokia Siemens Networks).

 
Melissa Kidon

Melissa Kidon

VP Operations
 

Melissa joined iRiS in Feb 2018 as VP Operations, and is responsible for iRiS’s project management and support teams.

Extensive experience in managing and delivering SaaS business solutions with a proven track record of successful project delivery while establishing and maintaining excellent client relationships.

Most recently, VP Professional Services & Delivery at SocialBakers and VP Professional Services N America at comScore.

 
Paul Payne

Paul Payne

Chief Technology Officer

Paul joined iRiS in Feb 2016 as Head of Development and was promoted to CTO in March 2017.

Paul is responsible for the software/systems engineering and product management teams within iRiS, building out the Guest Experience Platform and iRiS Guest app portfolio.

Most recently, Digital Delivery Manager at Direct Line Group and Head of Development at LexisNexis.