Victoria Crone

Victoria Crone

  • Auckland


I am a highly committed, enthusiastic, tenacious, results focused leader in the tech space.  My core strength is in the ability to combine strategy with disciplined execution while engaging and motivating people to deliver the outcomes required.  

I have a wide range of skills to offer across B2B and B2C markets, including Strategy, Growth, International markets, Brand Management, Marketing, Communications (Corporate and Marketing), Sales, Channel Turnarounds, in growth markets and traditional Industries.  Additionally I bring extensive stakeholder management experience across Industry and Government.  

I have two children (girls aged 10 and 14) and keep myself busy with a range of sport activities (have completed a half ironman, various triathlons, an off road marathon, and numerous other multi-sport activities) and love music. 

Roles Interested In:

Boards and Governance

Executive Teams

CEO mid size organisations

Expertise and Skills:

Executive and board experience

Strong commercial acumen and results orientated

Passionate about NZ's success and working with companies that can enable this and NZ's competitiveness globally

Extensive experience in multiple markets in growth and traditional businesses

Focus on leadership, collaboration and coaching

Create long term sustainable value for businesses

Partnership and collaboration focused

Change agent

Work History

Work History

BOARDS - Experience
Jan 2010 - Present

Board Member - Yellow Pages Alliance Board - Board to oversee the transition and obligations under the sale of Yellow Pages.

Independent Board Member - Viaduct Limited - Medium sized Eftpos business, board member for approximately two years through to the sale of Viaduct to SmartPay.

Board Member - Telecommunications Carrier Forum - represent Chorus as a Tier 1 member of the TCF, who's goal is to actively foster cooperation among the telecommunications industry’s participants, to enable the efficient provision of regulated and non-regulated telecommunications services.  Experience includes recruitment of Chair.

Managing Director Xero, NZ and Rest of World

Apr 2014 - Present

Fast growth Cloud software company

Set Market Strategy and execute against this

Relationships with Government, Industry and Partners

180 countries

General Manager Marketing and Sales

Chorus NZ Ltd
Oct 2011 - Mar 2014

$1bn revenue, $80m CAPEX, $17m OPEX, Communications (Corporate and Marketing), Product, Industry Relationships, Insight and Sales

Team of 50

A fantastic Executive role that provides great breadth, from managing Chorus's revenue and customer performance, brand, all thing communications, product development and market strategy.   Highly regulated business

General Manager Sales

Jun 2010 - Oct 2011

Management of all Retail Sales Channels - Mass Market Retail, Owned stores, Dealers, Managed Enterprise

Team of around 400

Delivered channel turnaround for Consumer and Business channels.  Implemented franchise models in SME market.  Overhauled sales culture and learning programmes for all channels.

General Manager Business

Nov 2008 - May 2010

$400m revenue 

Team of around 100

Overhauled completed SMB product range - Mobile, Voice, Broadband and Cloud services

Next Generation Telecom - CVP Manager

Nov 2005 - Mar 2006

Next Generation Telecom programme to develop the future business model for Telecom.  



Module 2, Leadership Coaching

The Forton Group
2013 - 2013

Completed Module 1 as part of Global Women programme, Module 2 further develops leadership coaching skills

Women in Leadership Breakthrough Leaders Programme

Global Women
Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

Completed the inaugral year-long Women in Leadership programme, providing high calibre networks, high-level mentoring, and targeted professional and personal learning.  Invited to become a member of the Global Women network.

Masters Commerce and Administration

Victoria University
Feb 1990 - 1995

Bachelors degree in Marketing and Management.  Masters Degree in Psychology and Marketing.