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Saturday 21 May 2022

Northland Inc taps Callaghan Innovation’s Paul Linton to be CEO

5th May 2022 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Paul Linton

Northland Inc has appointed Paul Linton its new chief executive.

Linton, who is currently Callaghan Innovation’s chief innovation expertise officer, will be based at The Orchard, Northland Inc’s business and event hub in Whangārei. He will start at the combined economic development agency and RTO in July.

Linton has been at Callaghan for nearly six years and has previously been global head of sales and marketing for Airways New Zealand, and industry capability network director at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. 

He has also been New Zealand’s trade commissioner in Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Linton said he was looking forward to using his experience to “generate positive change for Northland’s economy”.

“The region has an incredible amount to offer with enormous possibility. I am looking forward to helping the region realise these opportunities for the benefit of everyone,” he said.

“It is also exciting to see these opportunities align with some of my personal interests, including sustainability, innovation, embedding global thinking, intergenerational considerations, real equity, and working in partnership with others to create inclusive, diverse, and positive outcomes for society.”

Northland Inc helps support numerous food and beverage initiatives across the region, recently partnering with peanut butter make Pic Picot, the Ministry for Primary Industries, and Plant and Food Research to test the feasibility of growing peanuts commercially.

Northland Inc chair Nicole Anderson said Linton’s expertise across the business, government and research sectors will be “invaluable to Northland Inc and the region”.

“His leadership abilities, skills and experience will enable Northland Inc to meet our board’s objective of making a threshold improvement in shifting economic development outcomes for the better in Te Tai Tokerau,” she said.

Anderson believed Linton would become a valued community member and would work well with “local hapū, iwi, business communities and regional agencies”.

Acting chief executive Vaughan Cooper has filled the position following the departure of Murray Reade in February, who moved to Auckland to take up the chief executive position at community social development organisation Lifewise.



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