Execs On The Move

Niamh Lawless is the first woman to take up the chief executive position at Scouts New Zealand in over 100 years. Lawless has extensive experience in community and government organisations around the world and was most recently deputy chief executive with Barnardos New Zealand.

Education specialist John Morris has been welcomed as member of the ACG Education Council and has also been appointed to the Tertiary Education Council. He has nearly 40 years’ experience in the education sector, is founding chairman of the Association of Cambridge Schools in New Zealand and board member of Education New Zealand.

Fonterra scientist Jeremy Hill has been elected as president of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), becoming the first New Zealander to do so in the Federation’s 109-year history. Dr Hill is based at the Fonterra Research & Development Centre in Palmerston North and has held senior research and development leadership roles throughout the value chain.

Mighty River Power has appointed Marlene Strawson as general manager human resources. Most recently director human resources for Yellow Pages Group, she has replaced Tracy Ellis, who is now people and culture director with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Orange Group has announced the appointment of Tony Gardner to the newly created position of CEO. He has over 15 years’ experience in leading marketing and advertising agencies in Australia, New Zealand and Asia and was previously general manager at Ogilvy Wellington.

The Institute of Financial Advisers (IFA) has appointed Penny Mudford to take over the role of chief executive following the departure of Peter Lee. Mudford has strong background in professional standards, ethics and professional conduct, and is fellow and past chief executive of the Arbitrator’s and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand.

McDonald’s has new communications manager in New Zealand. She is Kimberley Bartlett, former communications manager for Red Bull New Zealand and more recently Nokia New Zealand. Bartlett replaces Kelly Armitage.

Donal O’Dwyer has been appointed as an additional non-executive director of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation. He has over 20 years’ experience as senior executive in the global cardiovascular and medical device industries, and extensive governance experience.

Antonia Watson is the new chief financial officer of ANZ New Zealand. She replaces Nick Freeman who will become chief financial officer for ANZ Australia. Watson has been ANZ New Zealand’s financial controller since 2009.

NZX has named Amelia Wong as head of cash markets. She was previously an equities analyst at boutique fund manager Mint Asset Management and has worked at firms including Stanley, Barclays Capital and Sanford C Bernstein.

Tiwana Tibble has been appointed to the board of Auckland Council Property (ACPL) and Diana Puketapu to Auckland Council Investments (ACIL). Tibble is best known for his leadership of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board and Puketapu has extensive financial experience having worked for BMW Oracle Racing.

The Seed Industry Office has appointed new general manager. Thomas Chin has more than 25 years’ experience in roles involving various trade associations, the last 16 as head of the Distilled Spirits Association. He has now been appointed as general manager to the New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association and the New Zealand Plant Breeding and Research Association.

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