New Grow Wellington boss named

23:35, Sep 16 2012
Gerard Quinn
Grow Wellington's new chief executive Gerard Quinn.

An executive from the Canterbury Development Corporation has been appointed the top job at Wellington's economic development agency.

Gerard Quinn is the new chief executive of Grow Wellington, tasked with delivering the Wellington Regional Strategy and the Destination Wellington programme.

He was previously the general manager of industry development at Canterbury Development Corporation and an executive director of Connect Canterbury, linking high growth companies with advisory boards. Prior to that he worked in aviation in New Zealand and in Australia managing air traffic controllers and also owned a South Island courier business.

"Wellington plays a significant role in growing NZ Inc and I'm looking forward to working with all the partners that will help drive sustainable economic growth - businesses, Councils, iwi, the community and tertiaries - to help inspire innovation, and attract talent, business and investment," Quinn said.

Grow Wellington chair Paul Mersi said the role attracted strong levels of interest, and that Quinn appealed for his energy, leadership and experience in economic development.

"This is balanced by a strong intellect and Gerard's fresh perspective that will be of enormous benefit to the Wellington region."  

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Quinn will begin working in the position in November.

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