BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Philip King, Athol Mann, Jenni Norton
New Zealand Opera
has three new directors. They are Philip King, Athol Mann and Jenni Norton, and they replace outgoing directors John Morrison and Beverley Wakem who have both retired from the board, and the late Gregory Aim.
King has worked in various senior management roles for Telecom for the past 10 years and is currently general manager corporate affairs.
Mann, CMG, has had commercial and academic career in commerce and accounting and served on several company boards and government-appointed bodies. He is an Emeritus Professor of Victoria University of Wellington.
Norton is general manager, collections, Ministry of Justice. She has held senior management positions in the social service, tertiary education and justice sectors.

David Cullwick
Dr Cullwick has been appointed as an independent director to the board of natural honey products and NZAX-listed company Comvita.
Cullwick has his own business consultancy practice, Innomarc Consulting, and currently advises clients such as the Port of Tauranga, Hort Research and Douglas Pharmaceuticals. His career highlights range from Foundation Professor of Marketing at Victoria University to director of the NZ Wool Board and chairman of the Hohepa Homes Trust.

Roy Crawford
Crawford has been appointed to the board of directors of Innovation Waikato (IWL), the holding company for the Waikato Innovation Park, subsidiary of The Katolyst Group – the Waikato region’s economic development agency. He became Vice Chancellor of the University of Waikato in January 2005, replacing Professor Bryan Gould who was also former member of the IWL board. Chairman of the board John Birch says Crawford’s appointment is critical to ensure strong link between the Park and the University.
Crawford is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and is widely recognised as world leader in the rotational moulding of plastics.

Chris de Boer
De Boer is the new chair of advanced audio solutions company Phitek Systems. An adviser for Argent Networks since 2003, de Boer has more than 30 years’ international experience in corporate finance, stock broking, investment banking and private equity markets. He also has experience in takeover regulation – including four years as chair of the Hong Kong Takeovers Panel – and in the telecommunication sector where he advised Cable & Wireless in the Asia Pacific region. He was director of Cable & Wireless Optus for four years.

Jim Sheed
Versatile Buildings Group
, which operates the Versatile, Totalspan and Spanbilt brands, has appointed Sheed as non-executive director.
He has extensive industry experience, including 13 years as managing director of Hastings Deering, which specialises in the sales and servicing of the Caterpillar brand in Australia and parts of the Pacific. Prior to that, he was with the Gough Group in New Zealand for 19 years, the last six as managing director.

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