"Exceptional New Zealander" Dr Mary Quin was kidnapped in Yemen in 1998.
"Finally the government got it right (fingers crossed): a Kiwi who doesn't think provincially, has real world experience and isn't one of the typical lot of government appointed Kiwi CEOs."
The government has launched the cornerstone of its policy to encourage new, high-value, high-tech products and services.
Navman founder Sir Peter Maire and Wynyard Group chief executive Craig Richardson recruited.
"I think Callaghan Innovation will only be limited by small thinking."
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