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​Ex-IBM chief steps down from NZTech board

Rob Lee leaves NZTech board after six years of service.
Rob Lee

Rob Lee

Former IBM New Zealand managing director, Rob Lee, has stepped down from the NZTech board after six years of service.

Lee chaired the governance committee and was responsible for leading the industry body on a journey of improvement, including the development and actioning of the organisation’s diversity policy.

In addition to Lee’s departure, Hewlett Packard Enterprise country manager of enterprise services, Diane Knowles, is also stepping down from the board.

Following the change, new board directors include Oracle New Zealand account executive Eva Sherwood and Unitech general manager industry workforce development Tom Chignell.

“Computational thinking is now as important as maths and English for children, to ensure they are prepared for future jobs,” NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller, said.

“With work underway on the development of the Digital Technologies curricula and programmes to ensure equitable access of digital tools for students, as a country we are heading the right direction.

“Yet there is still so much more we should be doing, so it is great to have someone with Tom’s experience and calibre on the NZTech board to help drive our education focus.

“Preparing our children with critical skills for all future work will also improve the flow of local talent into New Zealand’s largest sector.

“NZTech is working hard to ensure that as the interest in the tech sector grows it is from a diverse cross section of our communities.

“Eva will join others on the board focusing on attracting and supporting women into the sector and broader strategies to ensure we develop not only New Zealand’s fastest growing sector, but also its most inclusive.”

Muller said Sherwood is “passionate about the ICT sector”, carrying out management roles at New Zealand owned software development organisations, Fronde Systems Group and Provoke Solutions.

Sherwood currently works for Oracle New Zealand leading the uptake of Oracle Cloud applications within Kiwi government agencies.