“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.”
Mr Moore is probably best known for creating and launching challenger mobile brand 2degrees, working alongside its founding CEO, the late Eric Hertz, reshaping the country’s mobile landscape by introducing new products and services that won 875,000 customers in the first two and half years of operation.
Prior to 2degrees, he was Chief Operating Officer at Orcon, where he helped launch NZ’s first unbundled ADSL2+ fixed network, as well as faster internet and unlimited national calling for homes and businesses. He was also previously General Manager of Brand and Consumer Marketing at Vodafone.
Recently, Mr Moore led a family owned business, Number Eight Retail Group and currently serves as Non-Executive Director of WiFi provider Zenbu Networks Ltd.
Mr 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. During this time, he set up new GSK operations in six Southeast Asian countries as Country Manager, then went on to join GSK’s Global Marketing team in the US, leading more than 30 brand and product launches across the globe and doubled sales within three years.
Outside of the office, Larrie is a qualified football coach, and for the past 12 years has coached junior and youth grades in Auckland.
Mr Moore says he is looking forward to joining N4L: “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.
“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 replaces Greg Woolley, who was Interim CEO for the past four months, and previously, John Hanna, N4L’s founding CEO, responsible for connecting almost every school in NZ to the N4L Managed Network.
Mr Woolley will remain with the company in a part-time capacity as Chief Product Officer. Ms Robinson says Greg has done an outstanding job as Interim CEO and the Board thanks him for all the hard work he has put in to lead the team, including partnering with Chorus to launch three new initiatives, and managing the early stages of our transition to a new government.
Network for Learning (N4L) is a Crown-owned company that provides more than 2400 schools across New Zealand, 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.
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