Covid-19 Notice

Semafone is closely monitoring the global impact of the coronavirus and is taking all precautionary measures to protect our staff and to maintain operations. Read More

There is currently no impact on our business, and we have robust contingency plans in place to ensure the safety of our employees and continuity of our operations for all our customers should the virus spread at an increased rate. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

We have issued country specific guidance on travel to all employees and are monitoring threat levels and reissuing guidance accordingly. Our employees are fully equipped to work from home in all of our geographical locations and we will be keeping home working as the norm until risk levels have significantly declined.

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Gary E. Barnett – Chief Executive Officer

Gary is recognized worldwide as an authority on contact center and unified communications technologies and solutions.

With a proven track record for delivering outstanding leadership and stakeholder value throughout his 30-year career, Gary has been recognized by the contact center industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior to joining Semafone, Gary was senior vice president and general manager of Engagement Solutions at Avaya, where he helped take the company public and produce over $1.2B in revenue for the contact center solutions annually. Before this, he worked for Aspect Software in multiple senior leadership roles, having served as both chief executive officer and chief technology officer as the company (formerly Aspect Communications) merged with Concerto Software. Gary is also regarded as a pioneer of contact center technologies such as automatic call distribution (ACD), computer-telephony integration (CTI), workforce optimization (WFO), and the integration of contact centers and enterprises through unified communications. Gary received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Kentucky University.


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John Donaldson – Chief Financial Officer

John is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ financial and commercial experience working within fast-growing technology and telecom companies.

He has worked with businesses spanning mobile and fixed line Telecoms, Manufacturing, SaaS and Telematics. John joined Semafone from the Nowtel Group, a provider of fixed line telecom and MVNO services, where he was CFO, having previously held the post of Operations and Finance Director of iHub, a provider of hosted IP telephony.  John has considerable experience of leading teams to support profitable growth in rapidly developing businesses as well as leading funding initiatives to allow the businesses to expand. John began his financial career at PriceWaterhouse Coopers and holds a Biology degree from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.


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Curtis Kahn

Curt Kahn – Non-Executive Director

Curt leads the Livingbridge US office in Boston and works across the firm’s portfolio to support accelerated growth in the US.

Curt led Livingbridge’s investment in Semafone and continues to support the company’s international growth strategy, particularly in the US. He has supported several other Livingbridge investees in both their organic and inorganic US strategic initiatives. Previously, Curt led Corporate Development / M&A efforts at a US PE-backed business.


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Simon Hollingsworth – Non-Executive Director

Simon is an experienced software investor, and has led all of Livingbridge’s recent software investments.

He has experience of high velocity and enterprise SaaS GTM, and has delivered value creation through direct organic growth, channel, product expansion, and internationalisation.

Prior to Livingbridge Simon spent 4 years in strategy consulting and 6 years in industry in a variety of roles covering M&A and GTM.