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Marcel van den Assum Chairman of the Angel Association of NZ

Marcel van den Assum Chairman of the Angel Association of New Zealand

Marcel van den Assum has been appointed chair of the New Zealand Angel Association (AANZ).

Marcel is a professional director and Angel investor. As well as AANZ chairman he serves on the boards of Voco, GreenButton, Simpl Group, Yonix, Syl Research, Varigate and the Wellington-based angel group AngelHQ . He is a founding investor in Lightening Lab accelerator, member of the GD1 investment committee, and holds a number of advisory board positions with private and public sector entities. Prior to his governance career, Marcel was CIO of Fonterra and Managing Principal of Unisys New Zealand.

Marcel replaces Ray Thomson, who has stood down after 18 months at the helm. Under Ray’s chairmanship:

1. The number of investors increased by over 150 to around 500 in formal angel networks;

2. A new women’s angel club, Arc Angels was established and initiatives launched to create angel networks in Southland, Hamilton, Taupo, Rotorua, Kapiti and Whangarei; and

3. Over 100 New Zealand startups were helped by NZ angels

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