Managers on the move

Flora Gilkison
Wintec’s high ranking as an academic institution plus the promise of dynamic future was the big drawcard for Flora Gilkison when considering her next career move. The former director general/chief executive of New Zealand Red Cross has just landed the role as dean of Wintec’s Faculty of Business and Technology,
Immediate priorities, she says, include bumping up student numbers which, as with other institutions around the country, have slipped back in recent times. In the longer term, Gilkison says she is looking forward to working more closely with industry.
Gilkison already has more than decade’s experience in senior leadership roles under her belt including top slots at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and New Zealand Lotteries Commission. She has also been head of the Faculty of Business at Hutt Valley Polytechnic (now Weltec) and programme manager accountancy and management at Taranaki Polytechnic (now WITT).

Giles Burch
The University of Auckland Business School has appointed Burch as senior lecturer in human resource management in the department of management and employment relations. Most recently he was consultant business psychologist in London.

Stuart Dickinson
Dickinson, formerly the general manager of markets for Oxygen Business Solutions, is now general manager – culture and brand, new senior management position for the company.

Paul Nolan
PNG Food Distribution has appointed Nolan as its chief executive officer charged with driving the export side of the business and ensuring continued growth of the domestic market.

Neil Kench, Steve Freeman, Paul Brinsley, Janice Tylden
3M New Zealand has promoted four staff to its senior management team. Kench replaces Debra Tong as human resources manager; Freeman has been appointed group general manager, health care business; Brinsley is group general manager, industrial and electronics & communications businesses, and Tylden has been appointed business manager, transportation business.

Michael Poole
ACE Insurance has appointed Poole to the newly created position of northern regional manager based in Auckland. He was most recently general manager of ACE’s Thailand operation.

Barry Harris
Harris, CEO of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, will join Fonterra’s leadership team in June as director of shareholder services. He will work alongside long-serving dairy industry executive Barry O’Donnell in this key role of managing Fonterra’s relationships with farmers. O’Donnell is to retire at the end of this year.

Luigi Sorbello
TelstraClear has appointed Sorbello to the newly created position of chief of service operations, based in Melbourne. He will have responsibility for the operations of Sytec and ICT Solutions and will chair the Sytec board. He was previously Telstra’s key relationship manager between New Zealand and Australia.

Debbie Loveridge
Loveridge, most recently CEO for Select Australasia in New Zealand, has been appointed head of the Australasian business, incorporating the group’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. She replaces long-serving CEO for Select Australasia Tony Milligan, who is retiring.

Russell Loving, Heath Quinn
Simpl has appointed two senior consultants in its strategic consulting practice. Loving (top) was previously with SNS Consulting and Quinn joins after seven years with the BBC in London.

David Jansen
Jansen, replaces Jim Reardon as senior investment manager within ING’s fixed interest team. He was previously portfolio manager for an Auckland-based boutique fund manager. Reardon has relocated to Australia.

Doug Barr
IT and consulting company Infinity Solutions has appointed Barr as practice leader, southern region sales based in Wellington. He has held senior management and field positions with Axon, Data General, GCS (now EDS) and Burroughs (now Unisys).

Greg Hamilton
Hamilton, most recently sales and marketing manager of FCm Travel Solutions, has been appointed New Zealand general manager and Asia Pacific sales and marketing manager.

James Bennett
Bennett, Hamilton educationalist, has been appointed by the Government to the council of the Waikato Institute of Technology. He is trustee of the Castle Trust and the Scottwood Trust, chair of Mystery Creek Wines and artistic and contracts manager to Dame Malvina Major.

Simpson Grierson Associates
Commercial law firm Simpson Grierson has promoted nine new senior associates – Carl Blake in employment law; Sarah Chapman in intellectual property; Donna Hurley, Gerald Lanning and Marguerite Quin in local government and environment; Sonia Vitas in construction; Deborah Welsh in litigation, Simon Munro as commercial litigator, and Ruth Newfield who will advise clients on commercial property.

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