CEO, Karu NZ
Francis was CEO of Grow Rotorua for 4 years. During this time the key sectors analysed for investment opportunities included tourism, engineered timber / wood processing, commercial application of geothermal availability, education and agribusiness. He has held senior management roles in both private sector and local government. This included developing new markets and distribution channels for export manufacturing and tourism businesses. His early career was spent building a family owned horticulture business into one that consistently returned above the industry average and led the sector in terms of spray-free management and quality control.