The Director: On Board

Jasons Travel Media founder John Sandford is back at the helm as chairman of Jasons’ board following governance re-shuffle of the NZAX-listed company. Sandford replaced former chairman Geoff Burns who stepped down last month after nine years in the job. Burns remains as deputy chair. And Jamie Hall, former global executive chairman of UK-based market research company Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), has joined Jasons’ board after buying 10 percent stake in the business from Sandford’s family interests. Sandford (FNZIM) is member of the NZIM National board. Meanwhile, TNS New Zealand has appointed formerly UK-based business strategist Bindi Norwell to its board to drive client growth.
New Zealand Affordable Arts Trust has appointed Wellington-based lawyer Graeme Reeves its chairman. He succeeds Chris Parkin to lead the nation’s largest art show. “Graeme thinks outside the square,” said NZAAT executive director Carla Russell. Sounds like the man for job like that.
Former KiwiBank chief executive Sam Knowles has joined the board of newly established and Kiwi-owned life insurance company Partners Life. The company is “focused on finding new ways to deliver high value products to New Zealanders and sharing value with its customers”, said Knowles, adding that he wanted to help create fresh approach to life insurance and take on the mature Australian-owned insurers.
Global insurance broking and risk management company Marsh has appointed Frederic Boles an executive director responsible for the growth of its financial and professional services business.
Chartered accountant and strategic planning consultant Jeremy Bendall is now an independent director on the Institute of Financial Advisors (IFA) board.
NZX director Nigel Williams has resigned and been replaced by Television New Zealand director Alison Gerry.
Fruit and vege trader Turners and Growers has been taken over by German conglomerate BayWa Aktiengesellschaft and consequently re-jigged its board membership. BayWa’s Klaus Josef Lutz has become chairman, and Andreas Helber has also joined the board. Sir John Anderson and John Wilson, Fonterra director, have joined the board as independents.
Fisher and Paykel Healthcare has appointed former Foodstuffs New Zealand managing director and now professional director Tony Carter chairman of its board. He succeeds retiring chair and founding family scion, Gary Paykel.
Ray Gillenwater has been appointed managing director of Research in Motion (RIM) for New Zealand and Australia.

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