Intouch: On the move

Kevin Jaffe
Simpson Grierson’s new chairman Kevin Jaffe says his appointment reflects the firm’s focus on corporate/commercial law as well as his involvement in the leadership team. He says the change at the top (with Rob Fisher’s departure) signals no significant change in direction – except as required by the market. Firm activity inevitably reflects economic conditions with less happening on the merger/acquisition front – though New Zealand is “an attractive place” for investment – and more in the employment space (with restructuring). Jaffe says the company will position itself and its people to take advantage of opportunities. “We invest lot in our people because that is what our business is all about.”

Edward Richards
The Professional Advisers Association (PAA) has appointed Richards, the former head of the Retirement Villages Association, as its new chief executive. He replaces Dave McMillan, who resigned in June to take up position with insurance advisory group The National Partnership.

Lars Bojsen-Moller
Southern Cross Medical Care Society has promoted Bojsen-Moller to the role of chief operating officer, marketing and distribution, with responsibility for the Society’s health insurance, activa and wellness products and services.

Richard Dodds
SkyCity has promoted Dodds to the role of director of sales, conventions and outcatering. He has been with the company for number of years and has an excellent knowledge of the domestic and international meeting and events industry.

Graham Cockroft
Contact Energy has appointed Cockroft to the newly created position of chief operating officer where he will have responsibility for the operation of wholesale and generation functions, including generation development. He brings international business and energy sector experience to the role having worked for global energy company BG Group for nearly 19 years.

Rachel Wood
After spending the past four years in Ireland working with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF), Wood has returned to the Waikato to Livestock Improvement (LIC) to take on the role of animal evaluation unit manager.

David Corbett, Darryl Eady, Hamish Bell, Chris Leatham
PricewaterhouseCoopers has admitted four new partners to the New Zealand partnership. Corbett, financial risk specialist; Eady, tax and financial services specialist; and Bell, leading authority on succession, governance and strategy in privately owned businesses, are based in Auckland. Leatham, recognised expert in the taxation of property transactions, is Wellington-based.

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