Auckland business growth centre The Icehouse has appointed Greg Cross as chairman, following the retirement of David Irving, who co-founded The Icehouse and has been chairman since 2003.
The Icehouse CEO Andy Hamilton remains in that role.
Cross has been a director of The Icehouse since 2006 and is also chairman of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Beachhead Advisory Board, a service operated by the trade development body to help local start-ups succeed overseas.
He is also director of Cross Ventures, which, according to its website, is “a boutique advisory firm that specialises in working with born global start-ups, existing businesses taking on the challenge of new export markets and high growth international businesses”.
Cross was CEO of Advantage Group from 1997 to 2001, and before that was Microsoft NZ general manager for two years. In the early 1990s he was sales and marketing general manager at BellSouth and, before that marketing director at Geac.
The Icehouse was formed in 2001 to help boost small and medium-sized businesses.
On its website, it is described as “a collaborative partnership between the University of Auckland business school, The Boston Consulting Group, Telecom New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand, Ernst and Young, HP and Microsoft.”
IT companies which have benefited from The Icehouse’s programmes include mobile banking and payments system provider M-Com and security specialist SentryBay.