Execs on the move:

Sarah Kennedy
Sarah Kennedy succeeds John Lea as the next CEO of rural supplies company RD1.
A veterinarian by training, Kennedy has just completed Sloan Fellowship at MIT. She has held senior executive positions with NRM NZ, Tegel Foods, Healtheries NZ and Vitaco Health and board positions with Global Women, IANZ NZ, Auckland University Business School and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Kennedy says she is looking forward to her new role. “RD1 is the backbone of the dairy rural supplies sector in New Zealand and with its return to full ownership by Fonterra is uniquely placed to support Fonterra shareholders to farm competitively.”
She joins RD1 on October 3. John Lea will step down at the end of November.

Rob Campbell,
James Ogden
Retirement village operator Summerset Group Holdings has appointed Rob Campbell as an independent director and chairman of the group’s board. James Ogden has accepted appointment as an independent director. Campbell has more than 20 years experience in investment management and corporate governance and is chair of Guinness Peat Group and its NZX listed associate Turners & Growers.

David Hemara, Dr Richard Spelman
Following restructure of the senior management team at dairy farmer cooperative LIC, David Hemara (pictured) has been appointed to the new role of chief operating officer, with responsibility for managing the operational side of the business and Richard Spelman has been appointed to the new role of general manager research and development. Hemara will report to CEO Mark Dewdney.

Matthew Ockleston,
Karen Dwyer
Kensington Swan has made two senior appointments to its property team in Auckland. Matthew Ockleston has been appointed as partner and Karyn Dwyer as senior associate.

Bruce Ross
Recytech, reverse logistics and remarketing provider specialising in the removal of electronics and IT waste has appointed Bruce Ross as business development manager. Previously with Veritas Asset Management in London, Ross has experience in investments and portfolio management.

Kevin Francis
Kevin Francis leaves Australian listed digital agency Q Group, where he was CEO of the New Zealand subsidiary, to take on the CEO’s role at Jasons Travel Media. He brings IT, digital marketing and telecommunications knowledge gained from significant executive positions held domestically and internationally.

Daniel Clouston
Christchurch-born Daniel Clouston has returned from London to take up the role of international marketing manager at Jade Software. He will be responsible for marketing the company’s JOOB suite of products across Jade’s international markets and at home in New Zealand.

Robin Armstrong
Insurance broker and risk advisor Marsh has appointed Robin Armstrong as an associate director, with responsibility for the organisation’s financial and professional services business in Wellington, and as deputy branch manager. Armstrong has been with Marsh since 2002 and comes to New Zealand after six years as country manager and CEO of Marsh in Thailand.

Last month’s issue published the photo of Margaret Smith, Southern Cross Health Society’s new national sales manager – advisers, alongside the announcement of Vivien Sutherland Bridgwater’s appointment as chair of Save the Children New Zealand. We apologise for the error.

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