TINWire Tech News Roundup: 20 March 18

20 March 2018

It’s been a fortnight for a “changing of the guard” with the surprise announcement that Rod Drury is stepping away from the CEO role at Xero, to be replaced by experienced tech CEO Steve Vamos as part of a succession planning move. Drury has been an inspiration within NZ’s tech scene, building Xero from scratch over the past 12 years. His continued participation in Xero as non-executive director, focusing on innovation and strategy, is welcome news.

I’d also like to acknowledge Steven Joyce as he departs politics this month. As Science and Innovation Minister, Joyce has been a big supporter of the NZ tech sector and TIN over the years. He was, for example, instrumental in establishing a new regime to help secure responsible space launches from NZ – a driving force behind Rocket Lab’s recent launch success. The hint that he’ll be exploring exporting opportunities in the tech sector will be welcomed by many.

Have a great week!

All the best,
Greg & the TIN Team

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