Auckland-born Silicon Valley resident Andy Lark has been awarded the inaugural World Class New Zealander Award for expats.
The award, presented in Christchurch last night, was bestowed upon Lark by Industry New Zealand for his work with Gnok (Global Network of Kiwis) and Kea (the Kiwi Expats' Association).
Lark founded and heads Gnok and is one of several Kea executive members based in Silicon Valley.
When he's not advising and mentoring New Zealand companies hoping to break into the US market, Lark is head of global communications and marketing at Sun Microsystems, a position he took up at the beginning of the year, after leaving Nortel Networks, where he held a similar role.
He has also worked for PR firm Fleishman-Hillard and is a graduate of Auckland University.
In a statement from Industry New Zealand, Lark is quoted as saying "it's great being able to get new arrivals up to speed and to contribute to their success.
"It's incredibly encouraging to see Kiwi ingenuity taking off in the US."