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