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Callaghan Innovation chair welcomes Board changes

This article was published on 22 July 2015

Callaghan Innovation Board Chair Sue Suckling has welcomed incoming Board member Al Monro and thanked the man he replaces, Sir Peter Maire, for his contribution.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the appointment of Alan (Al) Monro to the Callaghan Innovation Board.

After two years on the Board of Callaghan Innovation, the government’s business innovation agency, Sir Peter Maire has resigned to focus on his business interests. 

Sir Peter, a leading technology entrepreneur and one of eight founding members of the board of Callaghan Innovation, intends to find other ways to support the Crown entity in its role as innovation partner to Kiwi business.  

Callaghan Innovation Board Chair Sue Suckling thanked Sir Peter for the fresh thinking and commercial perspectives he has brought to the organisation as it has grown to become innovation partner to Kiwi businesses.

“Sir Peter has played a key role in shaping Callaghan Innovation into an organisation that is in tune with the needs of business, particular through his real-world insights into what Kiwi companies need to grow internationally. We look forward to continuing to work with him and benefit from his deep understanding of technology innovation.”

Sir Peter, who founded Navman in 1986, is a majority shareholder of Invenco – formerly known as Fusion Transactive (a global supplier of retail automation systems to the petroleum industry) and a director and shareholder of NZX-listed Rakon NZ.

Ms Suckling also welcomed Robin Hapi’s reappointment, also announced today.

“This is good news as it means Robin’s considerable expertise in the primary sectors and Maori economy will continue to enhance the work of the Callaghan Innovation Board."