Tait marketing executive receives first Government Scholarship

A Christchurch business executive has received a prestigious international business scholarship award from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Tait Radio Communications chief marketing officer, James Kyd, was presented with a Business Scholarship by the Prime Minister in Wellington.

He is due to attend Harvard Business School next year to study a range of business courses and as part of this will spend two weeks at the Boston campus.

The scholarship scheme was launched last year to boost the capability of New Zealand businesses, particularly those with a focus on exporting. Recipients are selected from a shortlist drawn up by the Prime Minister and acting Economic Development Minister David Carter.

James Kyd said: "I am delighted to be awarded this Business Scholarship because it provides me with a unique opportunity to attend a top overseas business programme. and share those insights with my Tait colleagues.

"The scheme plays a key role in building the capability of the country’s businesses and helps make New Zealand more internationally competitive.

"I am looking forward to developing my international business skills and adding further value to Tait Radio Communications in the future.”

Frank Owen, managing director of Tait Radio Communications, said: “It’s fitting that the recipient of an international business scholarship is from Tait Radio Communications. Tait continues to prosper on the world stage, competing successfully in an intensely competitive market. We have a presence in almost a dozen countries across the globe and despite the challenges of the Canterbury earthquake, our growth has continued unabated both in New Zealand and overseas.”

“Tait has had some extremely significant contract wins in the past 12 months. Sharing lessons learned over at the Harvard Business School will benefit the whole company and increase our ability to win even more business going forward.”