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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

Chief Executive

Vic Crone - Callaghan Innovation CEO

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.

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

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Esther Livingston

Chief Operations Officer - Internal Partnering

Esther Livingstone

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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Jen Cherrington

Chief Digital Officer

As a member of the leadership team, Jen leads Callaghan Innovation’s digital function and team, helping the organisation utilise the tools and technology needed to look after our very diverse range of customers and their innovation needs.

With 20+ years in global digital/technology roles across a variety of listed businesses as well as startups, Jen brings broad industry experience that focuses on data driven and UX optimised customer led outcomes.

Most recently CTO at Genesis Energy in NZ, Jen worked previously in the UK for 25 years with the likes of eBay, Amazon, British Telecom and Electrocomponents and currently sits on the technology committee as an independent advisor for Foodstuffs NI.

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Paul Linton

General Manager Research and Technical Services, and Commercial Businesses 

Paul Linton

Paul has a background in international business and economic development in both the private and public sectors. He has held senior positions with MetService of New Zealand, Airways New Zealand , New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and Objective Corporation.

He has also held a number of roles as New Zealand’s trade commissioner in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

His industry background spans a wide range of technology organisations – incorporating software, data, science, engineering and manufacturing.

Paul runs the Research & Technical Services divisions of Callaghan Innovation employing New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers who provide R&D, product prototyping and innovation services. These divisions include Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, IoT and Data Solutions, and Advanced Materials. Paul also runs the commercial businesses of Callaghan Innovation. These include export businesses KiwiStar OpticsGlycoSyn and the Measurement Standards Laboratory (MSL) of New Zealand. 

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Rosalie Nelson 

General Manager – Strategy, Impact and Insights

Rosalie Nelson

As an Executive Leader at New Zealand’s Innovation Agency, Rosalie drives the research, insights and foresights team fuelling an important mission – to activate innovation and help New Zealand businesses grow faster. She has deep experience in technology market disruption, strategic response, and forecasting impact, previously being head of market strategy and insights at Chorus, and having held research director, principal analyst and strategist roles with global research and consulting companies Ovum and IDC.

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Stefan Korn

General Manager - MEE & Sectors

Stefan Korn

Stefan Korn has launched and developed numerous successful business ventures, many of which are now operating in Australia, the US and Europe.

In his prior role as CEO of Creative HQ, Stefan led a team that launched accelerators for startups, government and corporates, inclusive innovation initiatives such as the Korero Matauranga (NZ's Education Summits), and international innovation training programmes.  

Stefan has a PhD in Neural Networks/Artificial Intelligence and an MBA in International Business. He has also authored a range of books on early-stage venture development as well as parenting for dads. In 2010 Stefan was recognised as a New Zealander of the Year by North & South Magazine for innovation in parenting education.

Updated: 7 September 2020