Kiwi Technology Executive - Dexterous at building and managing exceptional technology teams
I am a programmer, architect, designer, change agent, executive, mentor, advisor, strategist, entrepreneur, product owner, technology evangelist, Red Wine lover and father. Am sure I missed a few.
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Creative, results-oriented Technology Evangelist with over 30 years’ of international experience as a change-agent and problem solver with a passion for technology and active development and design background.
A valued member of senior executive teams, skilled at grasping the big picture, conceptualising, developing and implementing solutions, and partnering closely with business leaders and C-Level executives (both local and international).
Scott has partnered and run his businesses and has worked for, and with, small, medium and large corporations, He has borne the ultimate responsibility for both business and technology aspects for many organisations, given him an extensive track record of accomplishments in various industry sectors.
A recognised expert at grasping the big picture, conceptualising, developing and implementing solutions that turned ideas into financially successful ventures.
Passionate about human potential and about recruiting, building, and mentoring teams of employees to exceed expectations and achieve shared goals.
Building a digital strategy for ADEC Innovation - with over 5,500 employees, 22 companies and 16 locations in Australia, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. A significant initiative included the rebuilding of all corporate websites, content management systems and implementation of RAD development tools. Notable projects included Environmental GIS application with over 1500+ data sources and 26 maps layers, including processing 8 billion transactions month. Envirosite Corporation atchieved Oracle Technology Company of the Year 2014.
Lead Digital Strategy to rebuild e-commerce environment using open source technologies and tools for PCM (NASDAQ: PCMI), a $1.8 Billion value-added direct marketer of technology products, services and solutions to businesses, government and educational institutions, and individual consumers.
Founder of a Technology company that was a leading developer of advanced ERP and supply chain software, with customers in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Thailand, Europe and US.
Significant projects included world's leading logistics company, multinational furniture group, major packaging solutions company, international food and beverage companies, multinational inspection, product testing, and certification company, large pharmaceutical companies, large automotive companies and many more.
Build–operate–transfer (BOT) multiple
ITO outsourcing operations in ASIA.
Technology Advisor to New Zealand Government (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise)
What is the CTO perspective on Mobile, Cloud and Big Data - OutSystems CEO Paulo Rosado hosts panel discussion with 3 CTO innovators and hear their perspectives on the disruptive nature of these trends.
The Magical World of Hadoop and Big Data
Scott Darrow, Director at ADEC Group
CEO Philippine | Chief Technology Officer
October 2015 - February 2018
HǣlthTech is an advanced software company specialising in highly cost effective, flexible, web and mobile based health insurance and risk management systems for individual, insured group and self insured schemes.
Managing Director of Operation
May 2012 – August 2013
Excel in matching the RIGHT SOLUTIONS to CLIENT'S NEEDS by selecting the BEST TALENT, applying the most suited TECHNOLOGY and SIMPLIFYING PROCESSES.
Global CTO & CIO
September 2013 - September 2015
ADEC Innovations is an impact investing company that designs & develops a diverse technology portfolio of Sustainable Business Solutions
Vice President Information Technology
March 2008 – February 2012
Business-to-business focused computer sales. Mission-critical systems & services, including data storage solutions
Vice President Information Technology
April 2007 – March 2008
ValueCommerce has grown as an affiliate marketing pioneer since its service launch in 1999. Since 2005, when it joined a group led by Yahoo Japan Corporation, ValueCommerce has been stepping up its cooperation with Yahoo Japan Corporation in fields such as pay-per-click Internet advertising services to stores opened on the Yahoo! Shopping website.
Owner / General Manager (Philippines)
January 2003 – March 2007
IT-Commerce’s IT-ASM was a comprehensive set of modules for Asset and Service Management and is a unique web based Asset & Service management product that complies with ITIL standards and implements Ajax & web 2.0 standards. The aim was to replicate a desktop GUI look and feel in a web based environment.
Founder, CTO, ITO Manager
January 1984 – December 2002
Pinnacle Software & Logistic Software, companies specialising in developing
sophisticated UNIX-based applications for Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management. This company provided consulting services and turnkey developments for distribution and manufacturing companies in New Zealand and Australia.
New Zealand Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key - Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting.
There are a few words that come to mind when describing Scott, all of them born out of respect.
Firstly he treats staff with dignity and they enjoy working for him, as a man in a foreign land that is a big plus.
He has the intrinsic understanding of intellect and attitude that when combined with a second sense for fabricators, means he employs great people
Possibly one of Scott's most important skills is his ability to communicate technical subject matter in simple terms so his audience is quick to grasp the issues
Lastly Scott possesses the ultimate skill of those working in a corporate environment, he somehow has the capacity to deal will politicians and fools, a skills that most us have problems with.
I am a big fan of Scott, and having hired many senior executives I feel qualified to recommend, Scott to any organisation seeking a senior tech executive.
I have learned, and continue to learn, a lot from Scott. Scott is generous with his knowledge and experiences, and I find myself going to him for advice, ideas and information.
During the nearly 1 year Scott and I worked closely together at Volenday, I witnessed as he took on the role of transforming and improving operations by driving both the soft and hard elements needed to move the company forward.
His culture-related initiatives brought recognition to top performers, and his technology & process initiatives brought interesting, new and cutting edge ways of working to groups across the company.
I highly recommend Scott as a leader, an expert and a friend.
Proven, knowledgeable, soft touch with a direct style, no nonsense are some of the words that come to my mind when I think of Scott.
He has a unique mix of soft and tech skills which he masters in delivering to clients, colleagues and his teams.
He builds strong relationships based on personal trust and delivery confidence.
He brought with him best industry standards, cutting edge proven technical point of views, market knowledge, outstanding cultural awareness, etc. And all of this topped up by really clever visualizations!
Scott's your typical no-holds barred, no-nonsense Kiwi. Does everything with a passion. Whether running the IT team of a multi-billion dollar company or driving people nuts with his jokes.
His wide range of experience of a multitude of cultures is clearly an asset that has made him assimilate very well with any group of personalities or ethnicity. This trait and his passion for perfection and excellence bring out the very best in any group that works for him.
I really enjoyed working with Scott. He could boil down tough technical concerns for Marketing simpleton like me.
He lead large IT team and helped us launch several initiatives which are now generating several million dollars in sales each month.
Scott is undoubtedly the most driven, unorthodox and visionary boss I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. In the span of time that I had worked with him, he had served as an inspiring mentor, not just to me but for the entire organization. He has taught me two great lessons; whenever possible, give your employees the autonomy and independence to work the way they work best and they will deliver. And he also believes that great bosses know that employees who make suggestions care about the company, so they ensure those employees know their input is valued and appreciated. Although driven, he seems to have found the right formula to empathize with those that work with him. These endearing qualities are evident in his ability to, not only motivate, but invigorate the whole organization.
Bottomline: Scott gets the job done. He is intelligent, strategic and no-nonsense. He is very interested in expanding his knowledge, looking for ways to apply that new knowledge in order to improve things, and does not hesitate to share what he knows with everyone else.
He is an effective leader and manager because he knows how to get the best out of his people and how to take care of the performers. Scott is dynamic and strong-willed, and these qualities helped him build a team that delivered what the company needed.
It was a great experience working with Scott, and I would love to work with him on other projects in the future.
Scott is a savvy and capable IT executive, who has built a high-performing and highly motivated Development organization from the ground up.
I have come across very few people in my career who have both a deep technology understanding and strategic business outlook.
Scott is definitely one of them. He handles any and all challenges by successfully delegating to his capable team. He has earned the full trust and respect of all members of his team, and myself.
Scott as a boss is a performer. He gets things done and is very effective in managing his people; he gets the best from his people by modeling his example in performing well -- a combination of working hard, knowing the best approach, then executing what needs to be done while injecting fun along the way. It's good to work with Scott.
Scott Darrow is a brilliant mind whom I am glad and proud to have had the pleasure of working with and serving under for almost 7 years. He has an extensive knowledge of software development as applied to logistics/SCM, asset/service management, and other industries. More than just a boss or a leader, he is an effective mentor who inspires those who work for him to become more than they can be, and to do more than they could. It is from Scott that I learned that one can work productively, and at the same time, have fun at doing the work. He is a very thoughtful person and is easy to approach whenever you need his help or input. He has my utmost respect, both as a colleague and as a friend.
Scott is a rare individual who has an innate ability to see problems and their solutions both from the very high level and in detail. He is equally comfortable talking technology details or business concepts and able to easily adjust to the target audience.
He is a patient, thoughtful boss who possesses the ability to inspire those who work for him. At the same time, he has an uncompromising nature when it comes to delivering the highest quality outcomes no matter the project.
I hold Scott in the highest esteem and would endorse him unequivocally for any high level management position.
Scott as our CTO led product development as well as supported sales and strategic project implementations. I enjoyed working with him as he was extremely knowledgeable about the product, our customers and industry trends and was able to transfer this to activities across a sales cycle. He was always there when you needed his help and was instrumental in the success we had in sales while I was at the firm. I'd happily work with him again, given the chance.
Martin in the same groupScott is a very gifted individual, with tremendous understanding of both his customers and his product. An affable character with an apparent laid-back approach to his work, he posesses a steely resolve and an absolute dedication to getting the job done and getting it done right. (And enjoying ourselves along the way!).
I enjoyed working with such a committed and talented professional.
Scott is a direct no-nonsense manager and provides an open environment that enables his staff to work effectively and efficiently in the complex IT offshoring/outsourcing services world (based on US parent company). He has championed several Open Source based architecture projects, one of which i had the pleasure to be the PM on.
His depth of experience in offshore IT ops and in particular the destination being the Philippines has been worth its weight in gold.
Scott is a proven senior IT executive given his vast experience and extensive track record of accomplishments across various industries. His advocacy for Open source strategies and technologies coupled with his in-depth knowledge of the eCommerce business has enabled him to deliver innovative solutions that are instrumental in supporting the company’s strategic plans and priorities.
Scott is a joy to work with, having lived and worked in the Philippines for the past 17 years, he has learned a lot about the culture which helps him to get along easily with his fellow team members.
Scott’s technical savvy, work ethics and dedication are truly commendable which serves as an inspiration to many, including myself.
Lets ignite your technology vision together!!
Manila, Philippines | Auckland, New Zealand