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Our Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive Leadership Team ensures Callaghan Innovation is operationally sound and fit for purpose.

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Vic Crone

Vic Crone

Chief Executive

Vic has significant executive and governance experience in technology and innovation. She brings a strong customer focus, and a track record of leading and implementing strategy, and building organisational culture.

Vic was previously the Managing Director of Xero, NZ and New Markets, following executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand.

She has been an Independent Director on the Boards of a number of companies and organisations in the technology sector, including RedShield, Figure.NZ, Creative HQ and the Hi-Tech Trust.

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Erica Lloyd

Erica Lloyd

General Manager Market, Engagement and Experience

Erica has extensive experience in digital marketing, brand, stakeholder engagement and senior leadership. She was part of the Group Executive Team at Datacom, where she led all aspects of communications for this business as it grew across New Zealand, Australia and South-East Asia. 

Erica managed external relations for the BNZ for a number of years, where she played a key role in enabling the bank’s brand evolution, supported change as part of the Canterbury Recovery Group and built social media capability for customers. 
Before this, Erica worked as news and current affairs producer and an on-air business journalist for both TVNZ and Mediaworks. She also ran her own technology services businesses for the film and television industry.

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Esther Livingston

Esther Livingstone

General Manager People and Capability

Esther has extensive public and private sector general management and HR experience. She specialises in HR strategy development and implementation, organisational design and development, and change management which includes organisational design, organisational and management audits and reviews, restructuring, and employment relations management and advice including mediation and collective employment agreement negotiations. She is former General Manager – Human Resources at ESR Ltd and previously held general manager positions for Tourism New Zealand, Infinity Solutions and Comtex Group. She has previously worked as an independent HR consultant and has a MBS (Hons).

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Hēmi Rolleston

Hemi Rolleston

General Manager Sectors

Hēmi was Chief Executive of Te Awanui Huka Pak Limited for 8 years, a 100 per cent Māori-owned kiwifruit business with investments across the entire kiwifruit value chain.

Te Awanui Huka Pak Limited won the 2012 TVNZ Māori Business of the Year Award and in 2012 and Hēmi was the winner of both the Export NZ, Export Achiever Award and the NZ Institute of Directors Aspiring Director Award for Bay of Plenty.

Hēmi has sound commercial board experience having served on a number of economic development boards including Priority One and Grow Rotorua as well as a number of Māori Commercial entities. He has a business management degree and a post graduate qualification through Waikato University and has studied at Lincoln University and Stanford University. He is Wellington-based and has iwi affiliations to Ngati Whakaue and Tauranga Moana.

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Paul Linton

Paul Linton

General Manager - Commercial Business

Paul has a background in international business and economic development in both the private and public sectors. He has been New Zealand trade commissioner in Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands, and held General Manager roles at the MetService winning Export NZ’s Wellington regional exporter award. 

Paul's background also includes Country Manager for international software company Objective, Director of NZTE’s Industry Capability Network, and Head of Sales & Marketing for Airways New Zealand. 

Paul runs the commercial businesses of Callaghan Innovation. These include KiwiStar OpticsGlycoSyn and the Measurement Standards Laboratory (MSL) of New Zealand. 

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Richard Perry

Richard Perry

Chief Financial Officer

Richard has over 20 years’ experience in senior financial management and leadership roles in commercial organisations and the public sector. He was CFO for over ten years at Landcorp Farming Limited which manages around $1.7 billion of assets with over $200 million per annum of revenue. He transformed the finance and IT functions, built strong teams and helped establish and implement some of Landcorp’s major strategic partnerships and initiatives. He was previously Financial Controller at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, where he also held other senior leadership, accounting and finance roles.

In 2014 Richard was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and he is also a long serving member of the CAANZ Rural Advisory Group and a member of the External Reporting Board Advisory Panel. He is an experienced director and has advised numerous countries as a periodic Technical Advisor for the International Monetary Fund since 1993. He graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours in Accounting and Finance and is a Certified Treasury Professional of the Institute of Financial Professionals of New Zealand.

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Rosalie Nelson 

Rosalie Nelson

General Manager – Strategy, Impacts and Insights

Before joining Callaghan Innovation's leadership team, Rosalie was the Head of Market Insights at Chorus, a role she held for 6 years. Prior to this she worked in senior roles at IDC NZ Limited, Sweeney Vesty, and Ovum Ltd. Rosalie has also worked as a print and television journalist.

Rosalie has sound sound leadership and management experience. She brings expertise in technology market disruption, building of strategic capability and execution, and impact assessment. She is known for her ability to build high-performing teams, making customer focus a reality and leading innovative change. 

Updated: 18 October 2017