Aliesha Staples, a pioneer of virtual and augmented reality, has been appointed TVNZ’s inaugural future director.
Staples is the founder and CEO of Staples VR and has a background in the film industry and emerging technology.
In the new role as future director, Staples will attend TVNZ board meetings and participate in discussions but won’t have voting rights.
The New Zealand Institute of Directors’ Future Director programme gives talented professionals the opportunity to gain corporate governance experience at board level, creating a pathway for the next generation of directors.
She’s no stranger to TVNZ, as Staples VR has worked with it to produce immersive experiences. The company specialises in augmented, virtual and mixed reality technology, and has also produced immersive experiences for the likes of Warner Brothers, Paramount and Disney.
Staples is also the driving force behind vRemedies, a company supplying emerging tech solutions in the digital health space, such as letting children experience procedures through VR to prepare them for the real thing.
Staples’ work has earned her the title of New Zealand High Tech Awards Young Achiever of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
According to the announcement, she’s now excited about the opportunity to both develop her career at a board level and add her knowledge to the table, to bring insight from future technologies to TVNZ.
TVNZ’s chairman Dame Therese Walsh says it’s pleased to support the Future Director initiative and welcome Staples to TVNZ’s board table.
“Aliesha is working at the forefront of the immersive digital world. The work she’s doing is leading to exciting innovations in a range of tech-focused sectors, including the media industry. We expect to learn as much from Aliesha as she’ll learn from us and we look forward to the valuable contribution she’ll make to our board discussions.”
Staples’ term runs from 1 June 2019 to 31 December 2020.