Datacom co-founder Paul Hargreaves dies

Last updated 11:45 15/08/2014
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RIP: Datacom co-founder Paul Hargreaves has died after a short illness.

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Datacom co-founder Paul Hargreaves has died after a short illness.

Hargreaves co-founded Datacom, then called Computer Bureau Ltd, in 1965 when he was a young accountant in Christchurch, along with the late Dr Bernard Battersby who died in 1997.

A group of clients put up 30,000 British pounds (about NZ$1.1 million today) for a computer from Britain's ICL, which took a year to arrive in New Zealand.

Datacom is now one of New Zealand's largest private businesses, employing 3600 people at 23 offices across the Asia-Pacific.

Hargreaves stopped working at Datacom in 1989 but remained on the company's board until 2006, when he was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Merit.

He served on several boards including those of Radio New Zealand, Antarctica New Zealand and Niwa, of which he was also chief executive between 1994 and 2002.

Datacom chief executive Greg Davidson said Hargreaves' 42-year involvement with Datacom would be "fairly unique in New Zealand and in corporate life".

"Paul was a pioneer in our field, he saw the opportunities presented by new and emerging technologies and seized them," Davidson said.

"As a leader he was quiet, astute and will be missed by many of us who knew and worked with him over the years. Our thoughts and respectful condolences are with his family."

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