Callaghan Innovation appoints CEO

Dr Mary Quin.
Dr Mary Quin.

Callaghan Innovation, the newly-established crown entity designed to connect businesses with research and funding resources, has appointed Mary Quin as its chief executive.

Quin has spent 20 years in senior executive roles in Nasdaq-listed companies and was most recently president of a US support services companies, NANA Management Services. The company is jointly owned by indigenous Inupiat people in Alaska.

Quin expanded the company’s operations to 16 states in the US and has more than its doubled revenues.

“The creation of Callaghan Innovation has launched exciting new possibilities for generating commercial value from Kiwi ingenuity, science, technology and ideas," Quin says.

She was also the founder and CEO of retail trade company Tuliqi in Alaska, and spent five years from 1995 to 2000 at Xerox Corporation. From 1988 to 1993 she worked for Eastman Kodak.

She also spent several years working in research and development for engineering company Raychem, then graduated from Harvard University Business School as a Baker Scholar, a distinction given to the top 5% of MBA graduates.

“Her international experience will be invaluable as a key goal of [Callaghan Innovation] is to grow and scale New Zealand’s innovation and sell it to world markets,” says Callaghan Innovation chair Sue Suckling.

Quin was born in Palmerston North and holds a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in physics and a PhD in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University in Illinois.

She has also written a bestselling book - Kidnapped in Yemen - which draws on her experience of being kidnapped as part of a small tour group during the Christmas season in 1998.

Quin will relocate from Anchorage, Alaska and will be based in Wellington, but will spend a significant amount of her time working in Auckland, Callaghan Innovation says. She will begin her new role May 3.