Execs On The Move

TVNZ has appointed Kevin Kenrick as its new CEO, replacing Rick Ellis, who joined Telstra Australia in January. Kenrick is Kiwi, whose most recent position was as CEO at House of Travel. Before that, he held executive roles with Telecom (including Xtra sales & marketing manager, GM marketing, GM mobile, and chief operating officer for the mass market retail business division).

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has appointed Brett O’Riley as its chief executive, effective May 7. Currently the deputy chief executive, Business Innovation and Investments for the Ministry of Science + Innovation, O’Riley has also held senior executive positions with number of private and public sector companies including NZICT Group, Telecom New Zealand and Gen-i.

Roger Partridge and Tony Carter, respectively the former chairs of the Business Roundtable and the New Zealand Institute, are co-chairing newly-formed think tank The New Zealand Initiative following the merger of their two organisations on 1 April. Dr Oliver Hartwich, previously chief economist of the British think tank Policy Exchange, has been appointed executive director. He takes up his position on 1 May.

NZBIO has new chief executive. Dr Suzanne Bertrand, previously director, international linkages at the Ministry for Science and Innovation, will take over from Dr Michelle Sullivan who is stepping down for family reasons on May 21.

Brendon Urlich has taken up the new role of executive general manager of L’Oréal New Zealand and general manager of its consumer products division. The newly created role of executive general manager will represent the L’Oréal Group in NZ and reports to the L’Oréal Australia & NZ managing director, Johan Berg.

Tim Baxter is the newly appointed country manager, responsible for DHL Express operations in New Zealand, Fiji and the Pacific Islands. Most recently he was the country manager for DHL Express in Vietnam and rolled out the operating platform for joint venture with Vietnam Post.

Rugby World Cup 2011 chief Martin Snedden has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Tourism Industry Association, effective June.

Dr Philippa Reed has announced her intention to resign as chief executive of the Equal Employment Opportunity Trust effective from the end of May. Reed has been the chief executive of the Trust for nine years, and has made significant contribution promoting greater diversity across our workplaces.

Colenso BBDO has promoted Andy McLeish to the position of head of planning. Joining Colenso in October 2010 from TBWA Auckland, McLeish has also spent time on the client side in various marketing roles, including six
years with NZ Lotteries.

Dr Edwin Ng, leader in healthcare information technology, has joined Atlantis Healthcare, as its chief information officer. Chief technology officer at Australasian company Healthlink for the past 10 year, Ng will spearhead Atlantis’ ongoing development of scalable and real world health technologies.

International payments software and services company GFG Group has appointed Wayne Robinson to the new position of senior vice president – sales and marketing, based in Auckland. Robinson will continue to manage GFG’s growth in the Middle East/Africa region while actively recruiting for his replacement.

PwC has admitted Scott Mitchell as consulting partner, based in the firm’s Auckland office. He was previously the Sydney managing partner at Litmus Group and before that, the chief operating officer of Jones Lang LaSalle in Australia.

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