30 Nov 2021

Variety - the Children’s Charity - is pleased to confirm the appointment of Vic Crone as Director and Chair Designate of the Board.

Richard Spilg, Chair for Variety, confirmed that Ms Crone joins the board effective November 2021, and will officially become Chair in 2022, at the end of his current term. Vic Crone is the CEO of Callaghan Innovation.

Spilg says, “Vic joins the Variety Board at a pivotal time in the organisation’s thirty two-year history in Aotearoa New Zealand. With her considerable executive and governance experience and a leadership style that’s driven by culture, purpose and collaboration, we know Vic will be a tremendous asset to Variety. Over the last five years, Variety has transformed into one of this country’s most respected providers to children in need. We are recognised for our tailored approach to meeting the needs of children, and our unrelenting focus on enabling young New Zealanders to thrive. The result is an organisation with a demonstrably measurable impact that is far-reaching into communities right around the country.”

As the number of children and young people living in hardship in Aotearoa grows, so too does demand for the organisation’s programmes.

Variety CEO, Susan Glasgow says, “We’re delighted Vic is joining us, and she joins a board of passionate champions for the progress of children in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Vic is a known force who will be able to contribute her leadership skills and experience to leverage the significant growth we’ve achieved already, to support young New Zealanders in need in the key areas of health, education and wellbeing.”

Chair, Richard Spilg says, “Above all, Vic is passionate about our country and how she can contribute to its potentiality. Poverty is the constant companion of 1 in 5 children in New Zealand.  The board of Variety welcomes Vic and very much looks forward to working with her as we transform for the dynamic times ahead.”

About Vic Crone

Vic Crone has significant executive and governance experience in technology and innovation. She brings a strong customer focus, and a track record of leading and implementing strategy, and building organisational culture.

Vic was previously the Managing Director of Xero, NZ and New Markets, following executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand.

Vic is Chair of the Stats NZ Advisory Board and Figure.NZ Board. She has also been an Independent Director on the Boards of a number of companies and organisations in the technology sector, including RedShield, Creative HQ and the Hi-Tech Trust.