Our leadership

The future direction of Vista would not be possible without our brilliant engineers, support teams, UX designers, technical writers, marketers, project managers and so many more!

Meet our company leaders

Vista Cloud Chief Executive Officer Leon Newnham

Leon Newnham

CEO

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Leon Newnham
CEO
Leon joined Vista Entertainment Solutions in 2009, helping to establish the Vista USA office. In the years since, he has held senior roles in Operations and Sales, became President of Vista Entertainment Solutions USA in 2016, and in May 2018, was appointed to his current role leading Vista globally.
Vista Cloud Head of Product Mark Pattie

Mark Pattie

VP of Product

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Mark Pattie
VP of Product
Mark joined Vista in 2002 as a Services Consultant. He has held various roles in sales and management at Vista before utilising that experience to lead the department responsible for product design and strategy. As VP of Product, Mark nurtures the product culture at Vista, developing the product team, defining the product vision, and driving its execution.
Vista Cloud Chief Operating Officer Grant Smith

Grant Smith

Chief Operating Officer

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Grant Smith
Chief Operating Officer
Grant joined Vista as a software engineer in 2001, back when one could count the number of engineers on one hand. For two decades, Grant has been the driver behind a series of technological innovations to keep Vista’s products and platforms evolving. He has also sought to incorporate the best modern software development methodologies into the company’s practices, making Vista an agile, reliable provider of cinema solutions to the world. As Chief Operating Officer, Grant’s focus is on delivery and operations, with a goal of constantly improving the value Vista brings to its cinema partners.
Vista Cloud Head of Cloud Commercials Mischa Kay

Mischa Kay

Head of Commercials

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Mischa Kay
Head of Commercials
Following an internship with Vista in Auckland, Mischa joined the company as a Services Consultant in 2007. In 2010, Mischa moved to London to grow the capabilities of the Vista Europe delivery team, and after three more years leading major delivery projects across Europe, Mischa was appointed Managing Director for the region. Aligning with Vista’s commitment to SaaS technology, Mischa has been tasked with leading the commercial strategy for Vista Cloud.
Vista Cloud Head of Engineering Chris South

Chris South

VP of Engineering

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Chris South
VP of Engineering
Chris has over 25 years of technology experience in both the UK and NZ in a variety of industries from investment banking to the public sector and healthcare. Chris focuses on the pragmatic application of cloud computing and disruptive emerging technologies in the real world. As VP of Engineering, Chris is responsible for leading the Software Engineering department to deliver high-quality software and services to Vista’s customers.
Vista Cloud Head of Architecture John Hanson

John Hanson

Head of Architecture

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John Hanson
Head of Architecture
John joined Vista in 2002, and has worked in a number of roles in both Auckland and London over the years, helping to create and maintain a multitude of Vista’s products. In his current role as Head of Architecture, he has the enviable job of working with Vista’s development teams around the world to ensure Vista’s products and technology platform remain world-leading.
Vista Cloud President, USA Tess Manchester

Tess Manchester

President, USA

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Tess Manchester
President, USA
After graduating from Webster University with a degree in Legal Studies, Tess began her career in cinema exhibition in Operations and IT. Later, she joined Vista Entertainment Solutions as an Application Consultant, and has since achieved a succession of executive-level promotions. Currently, she serves as President, Vista USA.
Vista Cloud Managing Director, EMEA Till Cussmann

Till Cussmann

Managing Director, EMEA

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Till Cussmann
Managing Director, EMEA
Over more than a decade, Till Cussmann was deeply involved in the digital conversion of movie theatres and the technical conception and implementation of infrastructure for new cinemas. Previously, as Senior Vice President of CinemaNext and its predecessor dcinex, he led re-shaping the organisation from a server manufacturer to a one-stop-shop for cinema technology. Till joined Vista in 2018 to strengthen Vista's footprint in Europe and open the Amsterdam office, before taking the role of Managing Director for EMEA in early 2021.
Vista Cloud General Manager, Asia Pacific Tan Ngaronga

Tan Ngaronga

General Manager, Asia Pacific

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Tan Ngaronga
General Manager, Asia Pacific
Tan was a Cinema Manager at the very first site where Vista was deployed in 1996. Before joining Vista, Tan worked in exhibition for more than 20 years, holding senior roles in NZ, Australia, and India. He joined the Vista team in 2014, and is now Vista’s General Manager for the Asia Pacific region. Tan relishes the opportunity to work with a broad range of exhibitors to help them deliver their brand of customer experience.
Vista Cloud Chief Executive Officer, LATAM Armando Mejias

Armando Mejias

CEO, Vista LATAM

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Armando Mejias
CEO, Vista LATAM
In 2013, Armando co-founded Senda Dirección Technologica, Vista’s software distributor in Latin America. Armando was co-CEO of Senda, and helped develop the business’s growth from a single customer in 1 country to having presence in more than 15 countries. In 2017, Senda was acquired by Vista Group, and Armando became co-CEO of Vista Latin America, before transitioning to CEO of Vista Latin America in 2019.
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