Institute of Directors announces first female president

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Liz Coutts as its first female president, and Alan Isaac as vice president.

Liz Coutts, who was the IoD’s first female vice president, replaces outgoing president Michael Stiassny, who says Liz Coutts brings exceptional governance experience and leadership to the IoD Council.

“Both Liz and Alan have served on, and added value, as directors on some of the country’s biggest boards,” he says in a statement.

“The IoD is in good stead and has accomplished much over the last two years. We live in a dynamic and complex world with globalisation and technology reshaping the business landscape. I leave the IoD in great heart and am excited about its plans to connect, equip and inspire directors in New Zealand business and society to face the challenges and grasp the opportunities of tomorrow.

 “Both Liz and Alan will continue to strengthen this strategic priority to meet the needs and expectations of our members.”

Coutts, an IoD Chartered Fellow, and a fellow Chartered Accountant was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to governance in the 2016 Queens Birthday honours. Her extensive board experience includes being chair of Oceania Healthcare Ltd, Ports of Auckland Ltd, Skellerup Holdings and Urwin &Co Ltd. She has directorships on EBOS Group Ltd, Yellow Pages Group, Sanford Ltd and Tennis Auckland, and is a member of the Marsh New Zealand Advisory Board.

Isaac is also a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, and a fellow Chartered Accountant. In 2013 New Year’s Honours he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cricket and business. Mr Isaac is chair of the New Zealand Community Trust and McGrathNicol. He has directorships on Opus International Consultants Ltd, Scales Corporation Ltd, Fliway Group Limited, Skellerup Holdings, Oceania Healthcare Ltd, Isaac Advisory Services Ltd, New Zealand Vault Ltd, Murray Capital General Partner Ltd, and the Wellington Free Ambulance.


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