UPFRONT Managers on the move

Richard Mander
Not many companies can prove their CEO is World Class New Zealander. Dr Richard Mander, the newly appointed CEO at Christ-church-based HumanWare, clinched the NZTE award back in 2004 for his contribution to New Zealand’s economic development.
He has just taken over from acting CEO Gilles Pepin who led the company through difficult period following the death of previous CEO Dr Russell Smith and his wife Marian in plane crash in August last year.
Mander, Kiwi who is married with four children, worked for 14 years in the United States, including seven-year stint with Apple computer and another seven years as consultant advising technology companies on customer-centred product design.
HumanWare makes information access products for blind, visually impaired and learning disabled customers.

Mark Dewdney
Dewdney, whose career has focused on the New Zealand dairy industry both in New Zealand and internationally, has been appointed CEO of Livestock Improvement. His current role is regional managing director of Fonterra Ingredients Asia, based in Japan. He will take up his CEO position in June.

Tony Fairfield
Fairfield, an employee of Youngman Richardson & Co since 1986, succeeds Tim Richardson as managing director. He was most recently director and general manager of the company. Richardson continues in office as chairman of the board.

Graeme Jackett
Project Plus has appointed Jackett as its business relationship manager. He has previously held positions managing and developing clientrelationships in range of industry sectors and most recently managed the Digital Initiatives Unit at the National Library of New Zealand.

Mary-Jo McDonald
First Assistance has promoted McDonald, previously sales and marketing manager, to the newly created position of general manager. She will retain responsibilities for sales and marketing and key account management.

Mike Heath
Heath, appointed Rabobank’s sales and marketing manager last November, has now been made general manager of RaboPlus, the bank’s new online savings and investment banking channel.

Christine Le Cren
Le Cren, compliance and operations manager of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand since 2004, has now been appointed chief executive of the institute.

Marc Lieberman
Lieberman is the new chief executive officer of ING (NZ), replacing Paul Fyfe who retired in February. He has 20 years’ industry experience and has been with ING Group since 2000, most recently as head of strategic distribution for ING Life in the United States.

Mark Stuart
Trans-Tasman law firm, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, has appointed Stuart as corporate and commercial partner in its Auckland office. Prior to rejoining the firm in 2004 as senior associate, Stuart worked as managing associate with Linklaters in London.

Bill MacGowan
MacGowan, who resigned as chief executive of NZ Soccer last November, ha recently been appointed executive manager of the Franchise Association of New Zealand, representing over 14,000 franchised businesses. previous New Zealand managing director of companies within the P&O Group, MacGowan has also been chief executive of the Warriors rugby league club.

Geoff Officer
Officer brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in coaching and leading teams and businesses through change processes in his new position as Westpac New Zealand’s general manager – people and performance, similar position to the one he has held with Westpac Australia since late 2000.

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