Online scientific marketplace OneZone’s chief Catherine Calarco will have even less time to go scuba diving now she’s on Paul Swain’s Ecat team.
US-born Calarco, who’s been in New Zealand for five-and-a-half years, says she's barely had time for diving in the Poor Knights – what she classes as one of the best areas in the South Pacific - since she set up OneZone late last year.
Calarco, who is a qualified diving instructor, has a BSc and MBA. She has held senior management roles in science companies and at Sabre Pacific. She is one of three women out of five appointed to the 20-strong Ecat team as individual members rather than as representative nominees. Calarco says she was approached to join the team after participating in the e-commerce summit in November, where OneZone was launched, and after reviewing an e-commerce guide for government.
She says she is on the team to represent a company that has gone from a bricks and mortar model to a clicks and mortar, to a B2B dotcom. “My role is to give what I’ve learnt from that experience, and I guess I’m a real champion of this [e-commerce], and I really believe we have a chance in using B2B to make New Zealand the best in the world.”
She says she is expected to engage with businesses, “help people along” and to act as a sector champion within the scientific industry. Ecat members are expected to meet every month and take away “some homework”, she says.
OneZone was formed out of scientific supplies company Biolab’s three-year-old direct electronic service with its customers. Then Biolab’s general manager, Calarco decided to move the direct service into a completely online service using Ariba software, to bring in outside suppliers from other industries such as stationary, and has now launched OneZone as a separate company. Calarco and her team are moving into Massey University’s e-centre soon and launching an Australian site.
The other individual members on the team are Sir Gil Simpson, Waikato University management school associate dean Shirley Leitch, IBM e-business principal Prashanta Mukherjee and Caron Taurima, founder of computer training company Carich New Zealand.