John Campbell is moving to TVNZ, Spark appointed a new marketing director, Beingmate found a MD to Fonterra's relief, A2 Milk appointed the CEO of Jetstar as its new CEO, TSB appointed a new CEO after a very long search, the Greens found a new strategy director and Chris Hipkins moved put a commissioner into Unitec.
In corporate moves...
Spark announced it had appointed Melissa Anastasiou to its eight-person leadership 'squad', effective immediately. She had been Spark's General Counsel since 2009. Sparked also hired Matt Bain to the newly created marketing director role, effective in November. Bain is currently European managing director for AKQA, an innovation and brand experience agency.
The revamp is part of Spark’s move, dubbed Agile, away from a traditional hierarchical organisational structure based around large business units towards self-managing teams, each with clear accountabilities, who collaborate with one another. From this week, about 40 percent of Spark’s employees in core functions such as network, IT, product development and segment marketing are forming into Agile teams.
Vector announced that Brian Ryan, the Group General Manager Emerging Technologies for the last four years, was leaving to work in the United Kingdom with the National Grid as Vice President Innovation.
Fonterra said it welcomed the appointment of Bao Xiufei as general manager of Beingmate Baby & Child Food. See more on Newsroom Pro. Bao worked at Royal FrieslandCampina China, where he most recently held the position of Friso chief sales officer and consumer dairy managing director. Prior to this, he was the sales director at Wyeth Nutrition and held senior roles at PepsiCo and Wahaha Food Group.
TSB announced it had appointed the former CEO of The Warehouse Financial Services Group, Donna Cooper, as the bank’s new CEO from July 23 to replace interim Managing Director Murray Bain, who would return to the board. Bain was standing in after the retirement of long-servicing CEO Kevin Murphy in February. Cooper ran The Warehouse unit from March last year to July, when it was sold to SBS Bank. Cooper previously was in charge of Baycorp New Zealand and previously worked at American Express.
A2 Milk Co announced its new managing director and chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka will start on July 16, replacing Geoff Babidge who had been in the role since 2010. Babidge announced his plans to retire last year, having overseen the company while its shares jumped from around $1 at the end of 2015 to a then-record of $8.75 on the back of successive strong sales as the company's infant formula attracted strong demand in China. The shares last closed at $11.40, and have gained 41 percent this year.
Hrdlicka was chief executive of Qantas Airways' Jetstar Group for the past five years and a non-executive director of Woolworths. Earlier in her career, she was a partner at Bain & Co in the US. When her appointment was announced in December, A2 chair David Hearn said she would focus on supporting the company's growth strategy across a broader nutritional products platform in established and new markets.
In political moves...
The Greens have made the first of two key back room appointments, hiring Pete Huggins as communications and strategy director. Huggins comes to the Greens as they struggle to find their feet in government, and in many ways have been the victim of their own success. Their chief press secretary Claire Rorke left the party in April to join Phil Goff’s mayoral staff. Following this, chief strategist Andrew Campbell left the party to become the Prime Minister’s chief press secretary.
Huggins is currently strategic communications advisor for the Office of Treaty Settlements at the Ministry of Justice.
In Government moves...
Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the Government was looking at dissolving the Unitec Council and appointing a commissioner to run the Auckland tertiary institution after an independent advisor appointed by the TEC in May found it expected to have a shortfall of $29 million in 2019.
Treasury announced it had appointed Rachel Brown, John Chandler, Karen Silk and David Woods as Reference Panel members for the Green Investment Fund.
The Government is establishing the Green Investment Fund to support the transition towards a net-zero-emissions economy by 2050. The Fund will receive a $100m capital injection from the Government to make investments that both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a financial return. The Green Investment Fund is being established a result of the Confidence and Supply Agreement between Labour and the Green Party. Budget 2018 set aside $100m of new capital funding for the Fund.
The Green Investment Fund is part of a wider suite of Government work on transitioning towards a net-zero-emissions economy, including the Zero Carbon Act, reviewing the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and establishing the Independent Climate Change Commission.
Rachel Brown is the founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). John Chandler founded niche merchant bank JC Capital in 2009 after a career at ANZ that included Head of Capital Solutions and Director Leasing and Structured Asset Finance. Karen Silk is currently General Manager of Commercial, Corporate and Institutional at Westpac . She leads the development and delivery of Banking Services to New Zealand Businesses, and is reponsible for Westpac Life and BT NZ Funds Management businesses. David Woods is an experienced general manager and director with a long international career in the finance and investment sector. David is currently a Director of Ngai Tahu’s Whai Rawa Fund Ltd
Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand's current Chair, Barbara Ala'alatoa, and Deputy Chair, Anthony Mackay, had been reappointed for 12 months to provide continuity while the Council moved to a new, more democratic governance model. There is currently a Bill going through Parliament to give teachers back the right to elect representatives to the Education Council.
In media moves...
Radio New Zealand announced Checkpoint host John Campbell he would be moving to take up a new role with Television New Zealand from September.
Newsroom Co Editor Tim Murphy wrote his first column on the media business on who might replace Campbell, along with a look at subscriber models for news and NZME's plan for a paywall around September. Fellow Co Editor Mark Jennings, who has previously been Campbell's boss, wrote on Newsroom about how Campbell's move might shake up TVNZ.