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Telecom's Quin named new Icehouse board chair

Chris Quin – recently appointed chief executive of the Telecom Retail business unit – is replacing Greg Cross as board chairman at The Icehouse.

Chris Quin – recently appointed chief executive of the Telecom Retail business unit – is replacing Greg Cross as board chairman at The Icehouse.

chris quin icehouse board chairAccording to a statement, Cross is leaving the board as his own entrepreneurial activities demand more of his time offshore.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with The Icehouse. It’s an organisation that makes a difference to the international competitiveness of New Zealand entrepreneurs," he said.

David Irving, chairman of the International Centre for Entrepreneurship Trust, which owns The Icehouse, said Cross had achieved "significant milestones" in his tenure as chair and a director.

Incomer Quin was until recently chief executive of Gen-i Australasia. He's a  board member for NZICT, the New Centre for Social Innovation, and a recipient of the 2010 Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award.

The current Icehouse board includes Claudia Batten, a technology entrepreneur based in the US; Bernie Crosby, founder of Prolife Foods; Anthony Healy, director of Bank of New Zealand Partners; Peter Lee, CEO of UniServices Ltd; Sean Simpson, chief scientific officer and cofounder of LanzaTech; Sally Synnott, founder of Pumpkin Patch; Greg Whittred, dean of The University of Auckland Business School; and Tim Williams, internet marketing pioneer.