Execs On The Move

Fletcher Building has named Mark Adamson as it next chief executive. Jonathan Ling will step down as chief executive at the end of September after six years in charge. Adamson currently heads Fletcher Building’s Laminates and Panels division.

Air New Zealand chief executive officer Rob Fyfe will hand over the reins to Christopher Luxon this December. Luxon is presently group general manager international airlines at Air NZ, following president and CEO positions at Unilever in North America, Asia and Australia.

ANZ NZ has appointed Tessa Price as CEO for UDC Finance, replacing Chris Cowell, who has been CEO since 2009, and who is retiring after 25 years with ANZ, and 37 years in the finance industry. Price has 14 years’ experience working in financial institutions in New Zealand and Australia.

Deloitte has two new partners in its national audit team: Dunedin-based Mike Hawken and Dave Shadwell in Wellington. Both have particular expertise in financial services and insurance. Their appointments increase the number of Deloitte’s audit partners to 17.

The University of Otago has appointed marketing researcher Professor Sylvie Chetty as its next professor of entrepreneurship and director of its Centre for Entrepreneurship. She is currently professor of marketing at Massey University’s Albany campus and research associate at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Specialist Central Otago wine producer Amisfield Wine Company has appointed Craig Erasmus as its chief executive officer. Erasmus has spent the past seven years working in Marlborough for Wither Hills, Vavasour and Foley Family Wines, filling roles ranging from cellar hand through to chief operating officer.

Phil Hibbert has been appointed to head up the New Zealand operations for speciality insurance and assistance provider Allianz Global Assistance. Previous experience includes 15 years in the insurance industry working for industry giants such as GE Finance and IAG.

Clive Stiff has been appointed as the new chairman and senior vice president of Unilever Australia and New Zealand. He replaces Sebastian Lazell, who led the Unilever business over four-year period. Stiff has 25 years’ experience in the FMCG industry. He joins Unilever from Goodman Fielder Sydney.

PwC has two new partners. Michelle Redington, now part of the Auckland tax team, specialises in providing international tax, cross-border structuring and mergers and acquisitions tax advice. Hamiora Bowkett has been appointed to the Wellington advisory practice where he will draw on his background in public policy and public economics.

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced three new Auckland-based appointments. Richard Hooper joins as the NZ business development manager; Earl Tipene as solutions consultant; and Owen Harris as senior web experience management consultant for the Asia Pacific region, based in Auckland.

Therese Walsh, chief operating officer for last year’s Rugby World Cup, has been appointed head of New Zealand for the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be jointly hosted by NZ and Australia. Walsh has been director of NZ Cricket since 2011.

Misti Landtroop replaces James Murphy as country general manager of Pitney Bowes New Zealand. Landtroop joins after 10-year career with Microsoft in the USA and NZ. Murphy has been promoted to managing director of Pitney Bowes’ Australian division.

Partners Life, NZ-owned life insurance company, has appointed Sean Kam to the new role of chief financial officer. Previous roles include 10 years as COO of investment bank ABN AMRO NZ, and most recently CFO of Hearrtland New Zealand.

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