Execs on the move

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) has made five appointments to its international team: Clayton Kimpton (pictured), senior commercial advisor, is the new regional director for India, Middle East and Africa. He will join NZTE in January 2013 from commercial law firm Kensington Swan where he is chief executive partner.
Currently regional director for North East Asia, Shaun Conroy will start his new role as regional director for East Asia in January. Reflecting the growing importance of Indonesia, Tim Anderson has been appointed to the new role of trade commissioner and joins NZTE this month from Wellington commercial law firm Gibson Sheat.
Ryan Freer has been appointed as the new trade commissioner for South Korea, and Peta Conn has been appointed as trade commissioner/consul general in New York.

Chris Doa, chief executive at Hamilton Airport for the past seven years, has announced that he will leave the company in January 2013. No new CEO will be appointed following his departure, rather two current senior managers will take on additional responsibilities. Chief financial officer George Clark has been appointed to the newly created role of general manager commercial, and operations manager Simon Hollinger has been appointed to the new role of general manager operations.

The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) has appointed Jannine Mountford as its chief financial officer, role created to replace that of general manager corporate services, which was vacated when Kirsten Patterson moved to the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mountford, currently commercial manager of Fletcher Building Roof Tile Group, will take up her new position in late January.

Heritage Hotel Management has welcomed former employee back appointing Vicki Bretherton as general manager of Heritage Hanmer Springs. She replaces Tony Howlett who has been appointed general manager – sales and marketing for Heritage Hotel Management based in the Auckland corporate office. Bretherton has spent the past seven years as regional manager for the Air New Zealand South Island Koru Lounges.

After nine years at the helm of Waikato Innovation Park, Derek Fairweather (left) is leaving to head up Dairy SolutioNZ, formerly wholly-owned subsidiary of the agri-focused technology park. Now stand-alone entity, Dairy SolutioNZ was Fairweather’s idea. It aims to take the world’s best farming technologies and practices, many from New Zealand, to global regions experiencing food crises. Stuart Gordon has been appointed to the role of interim Waikato Innovation Park CEO. He has worked for Dairy SolutioNZ for the past four years as global development director and is former CEO of Livestock Improvement Corporation.

The University of Otago has appointed two new professors of management whose research and teaching has strong international focus. André Everett was previously an associate professor of International Management in Otago Business School’s Department of Management, while Elizabeth Rose, who will take up her position in February, is currently professor of International Business at Finland’s Aalto University School of Business.

In his new role as sales director at emergency assistance company First Assistance, Craig Ross will focus on driving business growth and customer retention. He will also head new business products and assist with the international client growth side of the business. In his previous role, he was commercial director at LeasePlan.

Professional fleet risk management company SurePlan New Zealand has appointed Craig Thrussell as business development manager. In the newly created role, Thrussell will be responsible for leading sales and marketing activity for the organisation, specifically focused on direct non-brand related engagement at the HR and CEO level.

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