Wednesday, 14 September 2011 16:09

New NZICT chief focus on building ICT growth


The industry body representing New Zealand's ICT sector, the New Zealand Information and Communication Technologies group (NZICT) has a new chief intent on building a thriving, healthy ICT industry, with a particular focus on helping SME technology companies expand globally, ultra-fast broadband development and government use of IT.

The Chair of NZICT, Bennett Medary, today announced the appointment of Candace Kinser as CEO of the group. Kinser joins the NZICT from Biomatters, a global scientific software company operating in the biotech sector, where she was previously the CEO.

Kinser, who replaces outgoing CEO, Brett O'Riley, said today she would work closely with member companies of the NZICT to build a 'thriving, healthy ICT industry for New Zealand.' Kinser emphasised that encouraging the country's most promising SME technology companies and helping them set-up and operate offshore is 'critical to New Zealand's economic future.'

'NZICT can, and should be, the backbone that supports these companies as they go global," she said.

'An important part of this export focus is NZICT's leading role in the Rutherford Innovation Showcase. This is a series of technology-focused events timed to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, and aiming to provide an opportunity for Hi-Tech and ICT companies to engage with an international audience of potential partners, investors and customers as they visit New Zealand.

'Initiatives like this are fantastic opportunities to demonstrate the quality of our technology companies and solutions to both local and international audiences,' Kinser said.

According to Kinser, she aims to continue working closely with government on a range of initiatives including the ultra-fast broadband project and government use of ICT, while being 'passionate about ensuring the growth and vitality of New Zealand start-ups and mid-size companies in the sector.'

Kinser officially assumes the CEO role at NZICT from mid October, but has already started working with the NZICT board and meeting with members.

Bennett Medary said Kinser had been appointed after a thorough recruitment process involving many high calibre candidates.

'With many years working in the technology sector in New Zealand and abroad, Candace is an esteemed professional who comes highly recommended by her peers.  The Board and I are looking forward to working with her on the next phase of NZICT's growth.'

Medary acknowledged the work of outgoing CEO, Brett O'Riley, in helping to establish and build the NZICT.  O'Riley has left the NZICT to take up a new role in New Zealand's Ministry of Science and Innovation.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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