Mark Berry
The Commerce Commission has welcomed Commerce Minister Simon Power’s announcement of the appointment of Dr Berry, specialist in competition law and economic regulation, as its new chair. He takes over on 1 April, with Paula Rebstock’s term expiring on 31 March.

Dene Biddlecombe, Joseph van Wijk, Richard Burcher
Pulse Utilities NZ has made changes to its management team. Biddlecombe, currently director, has replaced Pulse founder James Martin as chief executive. Martin will remain as director. Van Wijk has been appointed acting chairman to replace chairman and director Don Purdon, who is stepping down, and Burcher, Tauranga-based lawyer, has been appointed to the board.

Debra Tong
In the newly created role of operations manager, Tong will be running the New Zealand operations of 3M New Zealand and reporting to Paul Madden, the regional manager for Australia and New Zealand. She returns to New Zealand after four years at 3M Singapore.

Greg Cross
The ICEHOUSE has appointed Cross as its new chairman. He takes over from David Irving, who is retiring after co-founding the business growth centre and being its chairman since 2003. Cross has been an ICEHOUSE director since 2006, is chairman of the NZTE Beachhead Advisory board and director of Cross Ventures.

Jeremy Sole
Wide ranging industry experience together with extensive marketing, management and leadership skills sees Sole appointed as chief executive officer of the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation. He takes over from Richard Michael who is leaving after five and half years to become CEO of mining industry advocacy organisation Straterra.

Jon Ward
A newly created position of manager operations planning and customer service at Ports of Auckland is part of strategy to improve efficiency and customer service. Ward takes up the role which combines his current position of manager transport and previously vacant position of overseeing the capacity and planning team.

Heather Verry
Manfeild, an event and function centre, has appointed Verry as its chief executive, effective April 20. Previously acting chief executive for Victim Support, she replaces Phil Abraham who is now with Save The Children.

Stacey Davies, Tim Downes, Andrew Harris
Audit, tax and business advisory firm Grant Thornton has three new Auckland-based directors. Davies and Harris in the business advisory services division and Downes as head of the recovery and reorganisation division.

Jennifer Moxon
An IBM employee since 1983, Moxon is now managing director of IBM New Zealand. She replaces Katrina Troughton, who has taken up new role as director of WebSphere, Software Group for IBM’s Growth Markets Unit, based in Shanghai, China. Moxon has held senior roles within IBM, and was most recently director, distribution and industrial sector for IBM Australia/New Zealand.

Tom Reidy
Sales and market development company Catalyst90 has appointed Reidy as director of market development. He will retain his positions on the board of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, New Zealand Software Association and as chair for Unlimited Potential.

Marie Pilkington
Flight Centre has appointed Pilkington as PR manager. She joins from communications agency, The Republic of Acumen, where she was senior account manager with nbpr.

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