The Director: On Board

Fonterra director John Wilson will replace Sir Henry van der Heyden as the company’s chairman when Sir Henry steps down in December. Wilson has been on the board since 2003 and is previous chairman of the co-operative’s Shareholders’ Council. He’s also the chairman of South Auckland Independent Testing Society and director of Turners and Growers. Ian Brown and Philip Palmer have been elected chairman and deputy chair respectively of Fonterra’s Shareholders’ Council.
Paul Smith, formerly in management roles with Merck Sharp & Dohme in Australia, has been appointed New Zealand director of MSD.

Competenz, the engineering, manufacturing, baking and food and beverage manufacturing industries Industry Training Organisation, has appointed Mike Simm to chair its board. Simm is professional director who chairs Nelson-based Brightwater Group and is deputy chair of Top Energy, far north electricity company. He is also director of Security North, Selwyn Properties and several smaller entities. Two other directors appointed to the Competenz board are Kelly Smith and Tom Barratt.
Carmen Keller of insurance company Swiss Re and Tom Reddacliff of MLC Advice Solutions, have been elected to the board of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF).

Anne Stephenson, principal of Wellington accounting firm Stephenson Thorner, and Neil Paviour-Smith, managing director of sharebroking and investment banking firm Forsyth Barr, have been elected trustees of the New Zealand Affordable Art Trust.

Paul Mersi has been appointed as an independent non executive director of Brook Asset Management. Mersi is also chair of Grow Wellington and was for 16 years financial services and tax partner at global consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Northland Port Corporation chairman Colin Mitten has been appointed as chairman of Destination Northland for two years to help spearhead new direction for Northland’s newly integrated economic development and tourism body.

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