Outgoing NZICT boss joins Ministry of Science and Innovation

Brett O'Riley to head business innovation and investment at MSI
  • Sarah Putt (Unknown Publication)
  • 13 June, 2011 22:00

NZICT chief executive Brett O’Riley, who announced his resignation last week, has been appointed deputy chief executive for business innovation and investment in the newly established Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI)

MSI chief executive Murray Bain says O’Riley’s appointment is among two new positions that complete a senior management team consisting of five deputy chief executives. In an email announcing the new roles, Bain says he has been building the team since MSI was established on February 1.

The “full complement” of MSI deputy chief executives are:

Graham Smith (his appointment also announced yesterday) - Innovation performance and marketing. Smith’s most recent role was at NZ Post, heading strategy and marketing functions. Prior roles include stints at Telecom and Reserve Bank.

Rebecca Boyack – Corporate Services

Liz Jazwinska – Science Strategy and Investment

Peter Crabtree – Systems Strategy and Policy

O’Riley, who takes up the new position on August 1, forwarded Bain’s email onto the NZICT membership list yesterday. “As you can see I am still going to be involved with NZICT Group and its stakeholders, I look forward to continuing to work with all of you in my new capacity,” O’Riley wrote in the NZICT email.

“MSI are also one of the major partners with the Rutherford Innovation Showcase and I will continue to be involved with the planning and execution of that programme.”