Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Claire McGowan appointed new CEO of SODA Inc.

Media release
30 July 2014
Claire McGowan appointed new CEO of SODA Inc.

Dr. Claire McGowan has been appointed chief executive of Waikato-based business incubator, SODA Inc.

Claire is an accomplished director, with experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries. She also has experience in personally building and growing companies.

Claire has an MBA and PhD in Microbiology from the University of Otago and also holds various director positions with science and investment organisations.

“I grew up in the Waikato and it’s great to be back and to be leading SODA, an organisation that is instrumental in growing and strengthening businesses throughout the Waikato.

“My passion is in assisting entrepreneurs and inventors to build successful companies and provide them with opportunities in industry, network development, education and investment.”

Most recently Claire has been working with New Zealand Bootcamp, a private sector-led movement connecting New Zealand’s most innovative primary sector and Maori agribusiness leaders.

Over the past few years Dr. McGowan has been enjoying taking a more active role in projects that contribute to the future creation of wealth for New Zealand.

Claire said she is excited to build on key partnerships with people and organisations in the Waikato, New Zealand, and around the world that are on a mission to grow NZ Inc.

SODA chair Graham Gaylard said Claire’s appointment is part of an exciting phase for SODA given the recent incubator support funding from Callaghan Innovation.

“The Board is very pleased that we have managed to get such a high calibre chief executive such as Claire,” he said.

Claire will begin her role with SODA in mid-August.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Trade: NZ Trade Deficit Widens To A Record In September

Oct. 27 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's monthly trade deficit widened to a record in September as meat exports dropped to their lowest level in more than three years. More>>


Animal Welfare: Cruel Practices Condemned By DairyNZ Chief

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says cruel and illegal practices are not in any way condoned or accepted by the industry as part of dairy farming.

Tim says the video released today by Farmwatch shows some footage of transport companies and their workers, as well as some unacceptable behaviour by farmers of dragging calves. More>>


Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' - Alison McCulloch

Post-natal depression is a sly and cruel illness, described by one expert as ‘the thief that steals motherhood’, it creeps up on its victims, hiding behind the stress and exhaustion of being a new parent, catching many women unaware and unprepared. More>>


DIY: Kiwi Ingenuity And Masking Tape Saves Chick

Kiwi ingenuity and masking tape has saved a Kiwi chick after its egg was badly damaged endangering the chick's life. The egg was delivered to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua 14 days ago by a DOC worker with a large hole in its shell and against all odds has just successfully hatched. More>>


International Trade: Key To Lead Mission To India; ASEAN FTA Review Announced

Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to India next week, saying the pursuit of a free trade agreement with the protectionist giant is "the primary reason we're going" but playing down the likelihood of early progress. More>>



MYOB: Digital Signatures Go Live

From today, Inland Revenue will begin accepting “digital signatures”, saving businesses and their accountants a huge amount of administration time and further reducing the need for pen and paper in the workplace. More>>

Oil Searches: Norway's Statoil Quits Reinga Basin

Statoil, the Norwegian state-owned oil company, has given up oil and gas exploration in Northland's Reinga Basin, saying the probably of a find was 'too low'. More>>


Modern Living: Auckland Development Blowouts Reminiscent Of Run Up To GFC

The collapse of property developments in Auckland is "almost groundhog day" to the run-up of the global financial crisis in 2007/2008 as banks refuse to fund projects due to blowouts in construction and labour costs, says John Kensington, the author of KPMG's Financial Institutions Performance Survey. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news