Kidnapped in Yemen in the late 1990s, and now running a big business in Alaska, Kiwi Mary Quin is about to return home to become the first head of Callaghan Innovation.
The Crown entity for science, innovation and technology yesterday announced Quin as its inaugural chief executive, based in Wellington.
Quin has more than 20 years experience in engineering and technology industries.
She is currently based in Anchorage, Alaska as president of NANA Management Services, jointly owned by indigenous Inupiat people with revenues of $200 million.
In Alaska, she founded retail trade business Tuliqi.
She has a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering, was previously vice-president of Xerox Corporation and worked in marketing for Eastman Kodak during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Quin is also a bestselling author after penning a book, Kidnapped in Yemen, about being part of a kidnapped tour group in 1998. READ MORE