Sir Neville Jordan - KNZM
After completing an engineering degree at the University of Canterbury, Neville Jordan worked in civil aviation and for IBM, and spent several years in Europe.
In 1975 he founded Lower Hutt-based MAS Technology, a telecommunications microwave company that grew to employ 250 staff and earn more than $100 million a year through exports to 60 countries. In 1997 it listed on the Nasdaq national market in the United States.
In 1997 Jordan received the Governor-General's Supreme Award for Exporting and was later made a companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He was inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2006 appointed president of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In the 2015 New Years Honours list he received a knighthood.