Larrie Moore, the new CEO of Crown-owned company Network for Learning Ltd (N4L), has worked alongside the late Eric Hertz in creating and launching challenger mobile brand 2degrees, which reshaped the country’s mobile landscape.
His previous roles include CEO at Number 8 Retail Group, chief operating officer at Orcon and general manager, brand and consumer marketing at Vodafone.
He currently serves as non-executive director of wifi provider Zenbu Networks.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining the business, with many opportunities ahead, partnering with education and technology organisations to help deliver the new government’s goals for education,” says Moore, in a statement.
“The managed network is a unique and significant proposition, and I am really looking forward to working with the team to evolve and expand N4L’s operations ensuring we continue to meet the needs of the 811,000-plus students, teachers, and school staff using our services.”
Moore moved to New Zealand from the US with his New Zealand wife and three sons in 2005, following a career spanning senior sales and marketing roles in the UK with Fujitsu, Mars, and healthcare giant GSK.
Outside of the office, Moore is a qualified football coach, and for the past 12 years has coached junior and youth grades in Auckland.
Moore replaces Greg Woolley, who was interim CEO for the past four months, and previously, John Hanna, N4L’s founding CEO. Woolley will remain with the company in a part-time capacity as chief product officer.
Network for Learning (N4L) provides more than 2400 schools across New Zealand to fast, reliable, safe, uncapped internet via its managed network.
The service is fully funded by the New Zealand government and managed for schools, allowing every student and teacher seamless access to the internet for their learning, regardless of where they go to school. The company works alongside education, government, and technology partners to help schools get the most from digital connectivity.
In 2016, N4L, represented by then chief executive John Hannah, won the inaugural CIO100 award for best ICT-enabled community project. The award recognises organisations that are harnessing business technologies to help solve social and community issues.
“Larrie is a proven business leader with a track record of launching and growing brands,” says N4L chair Helen Robinson, who was last month named an Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit.
“We continue to play a significant role in the education sector and the Board is confident Larrie has the right combination of experience and leadership acumen to achieve the company’s ambitious goals and build on the many opportunities ahead.”
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