UPFRONT Managers on the move

Derek Leitch
Dell’s Derek Leitch is itching to get on with the job as country manager for New Zealand. Appointing New Zealand manager marks change in status for the New Zealand operations of the world’s high flying computer company.
In his new role Leitch has overall responsibility for managing the IT company’s performance in New Zealand. The appointment of dedicated country manager is designed to give greater flexibility and autonomy to drive closer customer relations.
“We are number two in the market with 17.9 percent unit share in the first two quarters this year. I want to take us to number one in each market in which we operate,” he said on the day his appointment was announced. “I plan to do this through better understanding customer needs and delivering the benefits of Dell’s direct business model.”
The 20-year veteran of the information, communications and technology industry has been with Dell since soon after it was launched here in October 1995. He’s also got the job of introducing Dell’s new “soul” strategy in New Zealand. “The softer but no less success focused side of what is an outstanding company,” he says.

Phil O’Reilly
O’Reilly has been appointed chief executive of Business NZ. Most recently head of employment policy and communication for the Westpac Banking Corporation in Sydney, he was executive director of the Newspaper Publishers Association in New Zealand and chair of the New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority during the 1990s.

Toni Sherlock
Sherlock, senior associate in the employment team of Phillips Fox for more than six years, has been appointed vice president of human capital management at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo, Japan.

Bruce Meagher, Iain Jamieson, Caroline Pitt
VISA International has announced the appointments of: Meagher (left) as director of Corporate Communications for Australia and New Zealand; Jamieson as country manager, NZ, and Pitt to the new position of New Zealand marketing manager.

Ray Di Leva
Di Leva, previously the managing director of the Wellington office of CB Richard Ellis, has joined CentrePort Wellington as line of business manager, industrial and commercial property services.

Paul Gallop, Darren Thurlow
Heritage Hotels has promoted Gallop (top) to hotel manager of CityLife Auckland. He was previously executive assistant manager at Heritage Auckland. Thurlow has had range of hotel management roles and joins Heritage Hotels as the hotel manager of Heritage Auckland.

Rob Martyn
Martyn has been promoted to the new role of general manager of IT services company and Hitachi storage reseller Hosting and Datacentre Services (HdS). Previously the company’s business development manager, his past experience also includes senior executive roles with EFTPOS, the LTSA, ESR and the DSIR.

Rebecca Thomas
ING (NZ) has appointed Thomas as its new chief investment officer. She replaces David McClatchy who now heads ING’s investment management operation in Australia.

Russell Hay
Hay, partner at Deloitte for 24 years, is the new CEO at trans-Tasman law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. He succeeds Tony Caughey, who will stay on in consulting capacity to oversee the firm’s move to new premises in the middle of next year.

Sue Brewster
Brewster has been appointed general manager – marketing at TVNZ. She has extensive experience with the broadcaster, most recently as sales and marketing manager for TVNZ Interactive.

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