Olympic 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.