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Movers & shakers: David Leach joins Cin7

Movers & shakers: David Leach joins Cin7

A roundup of ICT executive appointments and events

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David Leach is now chief operating officer at Cin7, which provides cloud-based inventory management software. 

Formerly chief operating officer at ezyVet, a veterinary practice management software company, Leach has a long history of software leadership at fast-growing SaaS companies, including Orion Health and Qrious. 

“Cin7 is an exciting business with a rapidly expanding customer base, a comprehensive product and a great team behind it,” says Leach. “In a fast-changing and increasingly complex world of retail and consumer buying behaviors, I believe Cin7 has what it takes to continue to innovate with speed and win big.” 

“David has significant and very relevant experience in fast-growing global software companies,” says Cin7 founder and head of product Danny Ing. “David will be critical as we execute our next phase of growth.” 

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Andrew Green

Datacom wins the DCD Asia Pacific region Data Centre Operations Team of the Year Award for successfully delivering four simultaneous large-scale build and upgrade projects. 

Receiving the award at a ceremony in Singapore was Andrew Green, associate director, Data Centre Operations,  said it was a testament to the expertise of the Datacom team. 

He says the award celebrates the delivery of one of the region’s biggest datacentre projects with the goal of upgrading capacity without disrupting customer access. 

“Applying our collective experience in managing data centres, our operations team has successfully achieved four wide-scale build and upgrade projects while ensuring 100 per cent uptime and no customer disruption.” 

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Alan Nehemia

Dicker Data has launched TechX into the New Zealand market. More than 550 people attended the event featuring displays from 19 of the world’s leading technology vendors.  

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Keynote presenter Mark Iles, Tech Research Asia, talked about local NZ market trends, saying that “transformation is not just for customers”.   

Dicker Data’s Alan Nehemia also had a one-on-one chat with Kiwi racing legend, Greg Murphy. 

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Murphy took the audience through how technology is impacting the racing industry. More specifically, Murphy spoke about how he is working with Dicker Data chairman and CEO, David Dicker, on his new company, Rodin Cars, which is using 3D print technology to revolutionise the way race cars are manufactured. 

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Sarah Putt

Former Computerworld NZ editor Sarah Putt has launched NewzEngine.com, an online service that enables companies, organisations and individuals to write and distribute media releases.

NewzEngine is the product of Newztec Developments Ltd, a company Putt co-founded with Selwyn Manning. Manning’s career includes roles as a journalist, editor, New Zealand Government press secretary, and news media specialist.

“We have launched NewzEngine to help organisations pitch their news to targeted media, and, through syndication and aggregation, supercharge their message so it can reach an audience wider than they thought possible,” says Putt.

The subscriber-based service is an easy way for organisations to create regular, cost-effective, and professional communications about their activities, products and services. Media releases are created through NewzEngine’s platform, then quality-checked by experienced editors, distributed to a network of journalists/editors, and listed by global information aggregators.

To ensure their message reaches the desired audience, subscribers can select the geographical location and/or sector where they want their media announcement to be delivered within New Zealand. 

NewzEngine’s online service includes a guide to writing media announcements, as well as media release templates. This ensures subscribers can create an effective and professional release. In addition to text-based releases, NewzEngine provides the ability for subscribers to upload photographs and video links to accompany their message.

 Dr Matt Glenn Credit: Robotics Plus
Dr Matt Glenn

Robotics Plus has won an ANZLF Trans-Tasman Innovation and Growth Award. The awards, which celebrate innovation, growth and impact of emerging businesses in Australia and New Zealand, were presented by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Robotics Plus was founded in 2013 by Steve Saunders and Dr Alistair Scarfe. The company’s R&D efforts focus on automation, vision, robotics and AI, to solve the growing challenges in the primary industry globally such as: labour shortages, sustainability for growers and producers, pollination gaps and yield security. 

Robotics Plus CEO Dr Matt Glenn says the company is experiencing strong growth on the back of increasing demand for its world-first platform technologies. 

“Over the last 18 months Robotics Plus has launched two commercial products, entered the US and European markets, completed a US$10 million Series A investment with Yamaha Motor Company and grown from a team of 12 to over 50.  We also have a number of new products in the pipeline and expect our growth to continue at the same rate for the foreseeable future.”

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Robotics Plus launched its robotic Āporo apple packers commercially in 2018. The technology, which identifies and safely places up to 120 apples per minute in display trays, is being marketed by Global Pac Technologies, a Jenkins Group (NZ/Australia) and Van Doren Sales (US) joint venture. Āporo apple packers are already operating in packhouses in New Zealand and the USA, with a number of installations set for Europe.  

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Paul Arthur

Paul Arthur joins Data Republic as general manager Australia and New Zealand.  

He has over 20 years of executive experience, working across Europe and the Middle East as well as in the Pacific region. He has managed direct and indirect go-to-market models, and has worked at a diverse range of technology organisations, including companies such as BMC Software, Autodesk, A2K Technologies and Cherwell Software. 

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Alumni of New Zealand’s first business accelerator focused solely on tourism are making inroads towards growing their startups in the sector.  

Lightning Lab Tourism, held at Christchurch Airport, had teams pitching their ideas and vision to supporters and potential investors at the Christchurch Town Hall. 

These include: 

AirGuides, a marketplace where travellers can book unique trips created and hosted by trusted storytellers, is about to launch in Southeast Asia and will have trips available in three countries soon.  

Stay Native, a social enterprise offering travellers a Māori perspective of Aotearoa, is in the early stages of seeking investment and plans to relaunch its website next month with 20 hosts offering their services to tourists. 

PowerTrip is working on a new app update with even more tools to support electric vehicle dealers and rental businesses to get people into EVs, and allow drivers to share their trips. 

Ōtautahi tour operator AMIKI is taking on bookings and building key relationships with luxury tour operators, while tourism news and information service Tourism Ticker will start rolling out its new business intelligence service, TT Insights, to industry before the end of the year. 

Lichen, a match-making platform connecting travellers keen to volunteer with groups who need their help, will be launched this summer in CamperMate, which is NZ's number one travel app. 

Patch, which helps farmers diversify their land use and earn tourism revenue, is exploring potential partnerships within the tourism industry while Road Guru is growing its business and customer-base after successfully converting early adopters.  

The South Project team, led by Christchurch Airport and Qrious, are taking the solution they developed in the programme around to the Regional Tourism Organisations across the South Island to get their feedback and determine how the tool can best solve some of the RTOs' most pressing data challenges. 

Lightning Lab Tourism is a programme of Creative HQ, supported by Callaghan Innovation, Christchurch Airport, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Centrality, ChristchurchNZ, Department of Conservation, Data Ventures, MYOB, Qrious, Amadeus, Air New Zealand, AWS, Deloitte and Simmonds Stewart.

Suzanne Miller Credit: CCL
Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller has been appointed director, Central Region, spearheading the newly-merged CCL’s business across the greater Wellington and lower-North Island regions. Miller joins CCL from Spark, where she was customer unit lead. 

James EagletonCredit: HPE
James Eagleton

James Eagleton joins HPE as general manager, storage based in Melbourne for HPE South Pacific.He will be reporting directly to Stephen Bovis, vice president and managing director of HPE South Pacific. 

Andy ProwCredit: RedShield
Andy Prow

RedShield, has raised $14 million of capital funding from lead investor Pencarrow (a NZ private equity firm) and existing shareholder, Sage Technologies. 

“it’s fantastic to welcome a partner of Pencarrow’s calibre into RedShield and to receive continued support from Sage Technologies,” says Andy Prow, RedShield’s CEO and co-founder.

“This funding recognises the excellent results we have achieved to date, not only in our home market of New Zealand but also in the United States, Australia and the UK. It provides the resources to capitalise on the platform established and the huge opportunity ahead. Obviously global growth is key, and that’s where the major opportunities sit for RedShield. Customers and deal sizes overseas are on average four to ten times larger than our NZ deals, and are expected to accelerate way beyond this.” 

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