The new managing director of Xero's New Zealand business
wasn't on the hunt for a new job but said the position was
"just too good" to pass up.
The online accounting software maker announced yesterday
Victoria Crone would join the company as its New Zealand
Crone, general manager of sales and marketing at listed lines
company Chorus, will leave in April to take up the role at
Crone said she was not actively looking for a new job when
this opportunity came up.
"I have been interested in Xero for a while and known [chief
executive] Rod Drury for quite a long time and had lunch with
him about six months ago and we just kept in touch and this
role came up and it was just too good a role to pass up
really so I decided to take it after much pontification and
navel-gazing," she said.
Asked if it would be a change going from Chorus - plagued by
regulatory woes in the past year - to market darling Xero,
Crone said: "Clearly it's a different culture, it's in a
different phase of its business life so that's part of the
attraction and appeal that it's a completely new challenge
for me working in more of a start-up growth business.
"Chorus is a fabulous company, I've really enjoyed my time
here ... I have been at Telecom and Chorus for 18 years now,
so it's a good time to try something different," she said.
Crone will be responsible for driving relationships with
government, financial institutions, corporates and media for
Xero in this country.
Drury said: "Xero in New Zealand has rapidly grown to over
90,000 small business customers and $25 million of annualised
committed revenue. We're thrilled to have a world-class
executive like Victoria focused 100 per cent on our local
market as we embark on the delivery of our next wave of
- Hamish Fletcher of the New Zealand Herald