Gavin Ross
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Gavin Ross

Plant and Food Research / Rangahau Ahumāra Kai

Group general manager, marketing and innovation

  • Previously chair of NZBIO, the NZ Industry organisation for Biotechnology industries.
  • After several years with Genesis R&D Corporation, in 2005 appointed as predecessor organisation HortResearch’s first vice president business development in the USA.
  • Returned to NZ in 2010, and for seven years was general manager business development.
  • Joined HortResearch as a research scientist and in the late 1990s was central to the establishment of genomics research for major horticultural crops.
  • Has a BSc (Hons) from Canterbury University, and a PhD from the Queen’s University of Belfast (UK).


Business Development
Jan 2004 - Dec 2005
Plant and Food Research / Rangahau Ahumāra Kai
Group General Manager, Marketing & Innovation, General Manager, Business Development
Jan 2010 - Present
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Jan 2020 - Present
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Jan 2021 - Oct 2021

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