Ball stands down from NZSA

Soft Tech founder and high profile hi tech lobbyist John Ball will stand down from his long-standing post as president of the New Zealand Software Association at the association's annual general meeting tomorrow.

Soft Tech founder and high profile hi tech lobbyist John Ball will stand down from his long-standing post as president of the New Zealand Software Association at the association’s annual general meeting tomorrow.

Peter Nathan from Comacc will replace Ball, who will stay on as vice-president to help with the change over.

The association had faced a declining membership since its heyday as the software exporters association in the early 1990s, but has experienced a resurgence of inquiries in the last few months as software exports boomed.

The interest has led to seven new members of the executive being appointed. They are: X-Sol founder and Trade New Zealand director John Blackham; Data Group managing director Rollo Gillespie; Walstan’s director Kate Stanton; Delphic Medical Systems business development manager Mark Cox; APT Software managing director Helena Carter; Orion System general manager Mark Capill; Jade business manager Keith Cowan and Pavitra K Roy, regional manger for International Global Tele Systems.

Carter is trying to develop a register of local developers in an effort to strengthen the association’s ranks. Contact nzsa@aptsoftware.co.nz.

The general meeting will be held at a dinner with Terry Allen from Microsoft speaking on the development of XML.

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