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Vic Crone named as Callaghan CEO

NZN 9/02/2017 Sophie Boot

Vic Crone, a former New Zealand managing director for Xero, has been appointed as chief executive of Callaghan Innovation, the government agency tasked with accelerating the commercialisation of innovation by local businesses.

The agency's first chief executive, Mary Quin, resigned from the role in July 2016 after three years at the helm. Ms Crone will take over from February 28, Callaghan said.

Ms Crone was New Zealand head of Xero until last year when she left to pursue a bid for the Auckland mayoralty. She has held executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand, and is a director of Contact Energy and Creative HQ.

Hemi Rolleston, Callaghan's interim CEO after Quin left, has been appointed to the new role of general manager of sectors, Maori economy and programmes.

(BusinessDesk receives assistance from Callaghan Innovation to cover the commercialisation of innovation.)

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