Hamish Carter’s next step

carterOlympic champion, triathlon great and Kiwi icon Hamish Carter is the kind of guy we knew would be great on the Xero team when we were starting out. His amazing can-do attitude and ability to network and inspire people was what we dreamed of in a relationship manager.

Back in early 2007 Hamish had just announced his retirement from competitive sport and one afternoon overlooking the yachts in Auckland we suggested to him that Xero could be the path to rounding out his business skills. Hamish saw this as the ultimate transition from being “that triathlon guy”, and a calling beyond the coaching path many elite athletes take in retirement.

Lucky for us Hamish was drawn to the business. As a professional athlete he more than understood the frustration of accounting. Xero was also similar to his Olympic aspirations, in that it was a small New Zealand company determined to go out there and win on the world stage.We wanted to give Hamish a ‘hands on MBA’. Involve him in all aspects of our company to allow him to quickly gain the experience to assist with the transition from sport to business.

It’s been a huge amount of fun having Hamish in the team. He’s done a wonderful job working within the Xero ecosystem of customers and partners. We’re so proud that Hamish quickly became a respected part of the team, adding real value to what we’re doing.

Coming up to three years, it’s time for Hamish to leave the nest and embark on the next step of his business career. In early 2010 he’ll join Lion Nathan’s People and Culture team where part of his role will be supporting sales managers.

Here’s what Hamish said when I asked him what had been the best thing about working at Xero:

“The passion and belief that everyone has at Xero, knowing we are the future solution for SMEs. What have I learnt? The value of what being online can bring to business around the world. How do I feel? “Very proud to have been a part of the Xero story.”

We’ve been honoured to have you on board Hamish. You’ve become a great friend and we know you’ll continue be a great ambassador for Xero wherever you go.

3 Comments

Campbell
November 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Good luck Hamish it was great to work with you at Xero Auckland!

Viv Morresey
November 28, 2009 at 7:40 pm

As a past employee of Xero, and one who has worked closely with Hamish over the last couple of years, I’d like to also say thanks for your efforts while we worked together, and have no doubt that you will carry your drive, your tenacity and unstoppable desire to win.

Good luck on your next venture, I’mn sure you’ll continue your fine record of success 😀

Paul Lattimore
November 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Hamish it was great to meet you, and I’ve taken on board your lesson about controlling goals rather than the goal controlling you.

I won’t say good luck. You don’t need luck.

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