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  • SEQEL Appoints Chorus General Manager Human Resources

    Shaun Philp will be appointed General Manager Human Resources at Chorus from early September 2017. Shaun is a highly experienced senior executive and joins Chorus from AMP where he has lead the Human Resources team since 2012. Shaun has over 20 years human resources experience,......

  • SEQEL appoints Metlifecare’s Chief Financial Officer

    Metlifecare, the publicly-listed retirement lifestyle company, has appointed Richard Thomson as their new Chief Financial Officer. Richard Thomson joins Metlifecare after 13 years in key financial leadership roles with Air New Zealand.  Richard brings outstanding technical corporate finance skills and experience, initially honed through a......

  • SEQEL appoints Metlifecare’s Chief Financial Officer

    Metlifecare, the publicly-listed retirement lifestyle company, has appointed Richard Thomson as their new Chief Financial Officer. Richard Thomson joins Metlifecare after 13 years in key financial leadership roles with Air New Zealand.  Richard brings outstanding technical corporate finance skills and experience, initially honed through a......

  • SEQEL Appoints Westland’s Chief Financial Officer

    Westland Milk Products, New Zealand’s second largest dairy cooperative, has appointed a new member to its executive team reporting to Chief Executive, Toni Brendish. Dorian Devers joins Westland from Linde Group (formerly BOC). He is currently based in the United Kingdom and is married to a......

  • ASX/NZX Announcement – Intention to Appoint Rob Campbell to SKYCITY Board

    SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited advises that it intends to appoint Rob Campbell as a non-executive director to the SKYCITY board, following a search conducted by SEQEL Partners. This appointment remains subject to approval by regulatory authorities in each of SKYCITY’s gaming jurisdictions, a process which......

  • SEQEL appoints Cristiano Nicolli to Vista’s Board

    Cris Nicolli has been appointed as an Independent Non Executive Director of New Zealand software business, Vista Group. Vista is a leading New Zealand business which has approximately 40% of the world market in cinema ERP systems and associated analytics products. The company listed on the NZX......

  • SEQEL appoints Bryn Harrison as Chief Executive of Carpet Court for Allegro Private Equity

    SEQEL has appointed Bryn Harrison as Chief Executive of Carpet Court for leading private equity firm, Allegro. For the last 3 years Bryn has led the Mico and Forman Building Supplies businesses, key participants in the plumbing and bathroom market with circa 500 staff and......

  • SEQEL Appoints Louis Hawke to the BNZ Board

    Louis Hawke has been appointed as an independent non-executive director of BNZ, effective 1 February 2017, via a search conducted by SEQEL Partners.  “Mr Hawke has had a successful career in banking and finance with ANZ as Managing Director of Product, Strategy and Marketing, as......

  • SEQEL Appoints Susan Paterson as Steel & Tube Chair Designate

    Ms Paterson has recently been appointed NZX listed Steel & Tube Holdings as Chair Designate, via a search run by SEQEL Partners. The NZ Herald article from December 21, 2016 relating to this appointment follows. “Professional director Susan Paterson will join the Steel & Tube......

  • SEQEL appoints Huma Faruqui to Metlifecare as General Manager Human Resources

    SEQEL has appointed Huma Faruqui as General Manager Human Resources at Metlifecare, reporting to Chief Executive Glen Sowry. Huma is a seasoned Human Resources practitioner with experience covering a range of industries including financial services, telecommunications and energy. Notably, she spent 5 years leading the......

  • SEQEL appoints Mark Cross to Chorus’ Board

    SEQEL has recently appointed Mark Cross to the Board of NZX20 company, Chorus. Mark has over 20 years investment banking experience. From 2001 to 2007 he was Managing Director and Co-Head of European M&A for the energy utilities, chemicals and healthcare sectors, leading a team......

  • SEQEL Appoints Kevin Bowler to Frucor as NZ CEO

    Frucor Beverages has appointed Kevin Bowler to run the New Zealand business. Jonathan Moss, Group Chief Executive, had this to say regarding the appointment: I’m absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of Kevin Bowler to the position of CEO New Zealand. Kevin joins Frucor with very broad......

  • SEQEL Appoints New Zealand’s First Female Dairy CEO

    Westland Milk Products has appointed Australian Toni Brendish to run New Zealand’s second largest dairy cooperative. Fairfax’s news article on the appointment follows: First woman to head a New Zealand dairy company Hokitika-based Westland Milk Products has appointed an Australian woman as its new chief......

  • Seqel Hosts Incoming Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy

    Dame Patsy Reddy, New Zealand’s incoming Governor General, was guest speaker at SEQEL’s Human Resources Director Leadership Luncheon. Ms Reddy shared her thoughts on her new remit and provided some insights from her broad corporate and public sector governance background. She commences her role in......

  • Seqel Appoints Nadine Tereora to Fidelity Life as Chief Executive Officer

    SEQEL has appointed Nadine Tereora as Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Life. Leading around 300 staff, Nadine is charged with increasing shareholder wealth through maximising the potential from the existing operation and growing the business. Fidelity Life is a public unlisted company and offers a......

  • Seqel Appoints Kevin Kenrick to BNZ Board

    Mr Kenrick is to join the board of BNZ, the New Zealand subsidiary of National Australia Bank on July 1st, via a search conducted by SEQEL. Mr Kenrick is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Television New Zealand Limited, and prior to that was CEO......

  • Seqel Appoints Peter Kean to the Freightways Board

    NZ Listed company, Freightways, one of New Zealand’s leading integrated transport firms, has appointed Peter Kean to its board in a search managed by SEQEL. Peter has many years of senior executive experience with the Lion group of companies in both New Zealand and Australia.......

  • Seqel Appoints General Manager Operations of Sealord Group

    SEQEL has appointed South African born Rui Ventura as General Manager Operations of Sealord Group. Rui will oversee Sealord’s 3 onshore factories and 8 vessels which have circa 1000 staff. Rui brings a wealth of fishing knowledge having spent over 20 years in senior management......

  • Seqel Appoints Bruce Hassall to BNZ Board

    BNZ today announced that PwC Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner Bruce Hassall has been appointed to the BNZ board of directors, with effect from 21 December, 2015. “Bruce Hassall is an outstanding leader and heads up the largest professional services firm in New Zealand,”......

  • Seqel Appoints Frances Benge to Cure Kids as Chief Executive Officer

    SEQEL has appointed Frances Benge to Cure Kids as Chief Executive Officer. Frances is currently Asia 2 Cluster Lead for Pfizer Corporation where she is responsible for leading, managing and developing the Global Innovative Product Portfolio business across a group of markets including Hong Kong,......

  • Seqel Appoints Glen Sowry to Metlifecare Limited as Chief Executive

    Glen Sowry has been appointed Chief Executive of Metlifecare Limited by SEQEL. He is presently the Chief Executive of Housing New Zealand – a $20b property investment and management organisation which houses more than 5% of New Zealanders. Glen spent his early career as a......

  • Seqel Appoints Glen Thomson as Head of Strategy at Chorus

    Glen has recently been appointed to Chorus as Head of Strategy. Glen has gained some invaluable experience in the past four years running strategy, Todd Corporation one of New Zealand’s largest businesses. Glen commenced his career as an Economist holding senior strategy and analysis roles......

  • Seqel Appoints Scott Sherriff to Douglas Pharmaceuticals

    SEQEL has appointed Scott Sherriff as Chief Commercial Officer at Douglas Pharmaceuticals. Scott is a New Zealander who has spent the last 20 years gaining professional experience in Asia, Latin America, Europe and US. His most recent role was Senior Vice President of Bayer Pharma......

  • Seqel Appoints Murray Jordan to Chorus Board

    Murray Jordan has recently been appointed to the Board of Chorus in a search conducted by SEQEL. Up until September 2015 Mr Jordan was the Managing Director of Foodstuffs North Island, New Zealand’s third largest business and largest retail company. Mr Jordan held this role......

  • Seqel Appoints Mark Rushworth to Freightways

    Mark Rushworth has been appointed to the Board of Freightways by Seqel Partners, bringing with him over 18 years of experience in consumer markets and the ICT industry. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Paymark, NZ’s leading payment provider. Prior to this, he was......

  • Seqel Appoints Susan Paterson to Sky Network Television

    Susan has 19 years of experience as a professional director. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and practised as a pharmacist before moving into management roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Susan completed an MBA at London Business School and was a strategy......

  • Seqel Appoints Mai Chen to BNZ Board

    Mai Chen has been recently appointed to the Board of BNZ by SEQEL. Mai is currently the Managing Partner of Chen Palmer, a leading firm she co-founded specialising in public and employment law. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Auckland Law......

  • Seqel Appoints Patrick Strange to Chorus Board

    SEQEL has appointed Dr Patrick Strange to the Chorus Board. Patrick is currently a director of Mighty River Power, WorkSafe New Zealand and of the joint board of Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy, Australia. Patrick has spent 30 years working primarily in the New......

  • Seqel Appoints New Chief Executive to Circa NZ$1.5B Business Alliance Group

    SEQEL has appointed David Surveyor as the new Chief Executive for Alliance Group. David has gained a wealth of experience in B2B sales and marketing, distribution and leaderships roles. David’s portfolio includes leadership roles at BlueScope Steel and Laminex. Most recently he ran Aus$750m Laminex......

  • Seqel Appoints CEO for Comfort Group

    SEQEL has appointed Gareth Edgecombe as Chief Executive Officer of Comfort Group, an iconic $500m Australasian consumer products business which includes Sleepmaker, Sleephead, Simmons and more. Gareth Edgecombe is a highly experienced senior executive who has gained international experience with Coca Cola and Campbell Arnotts....

  • Seqel Comment in Annual Herald Chief Executive Salary Survey

    SEQEL Partner Mark Ashcroft comments in the annual Herald Chief Executives salary survey on the lack of controversy regarding the remuneration of sports stars, versus leading New Zealand Chief Executives. CEO Earnings: See What NZ’s Top Execs Earn...

  • Seqel Feature in Unlimited Magazine & Kea

    Don Jaine, Partner at SEQEL, talks about how New Zealand’s most successful expats are finding work back home. Don Jaine – KEA Article...

  • Seqel Appoints James Ogden as Non-Executive Director of $1.5B Alliance Group, NZ’s Leading Meat Company

    SEQEL has appointed James Ogden as the newest Non Executive Director of Alliance Group, New Zealand’s leading meat company. James is currently on the Board of some of New Zealand’s largest companies including The Warehouse Group, Summerset Group, Vista Group and others. His career spans......

  • Seqel Appoints New CFO for the Warehouse

    SEQEL has appointed Mark Yeoman to the role of Group Chief Financial Officer at The Warehouse Group. For the last 5 years Mr Yeoman has been Chief Financial Officer at New Zealand Post. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer at Airways Corporation. His......

  • Seqel Appoints Douglas McKay and Mark Cross to Genesis Board

    Douglas McKay and Mark Cross have recently been appointed to the Board of Genesis by SEQEL. Up until early 2014, Douglas was the Chief Executive of Auckland Council, and was the first person to take on this role since the emergence of the new “Super......

  • CEO Tenure Averages 6.4 Years

    SEQEL Partner Don Jaine discusses recent CEO tenure research in the April 24 edition of the New Zealand Herald. View the full article by clicking on the link below Herald CEO Tenure...

  • Seqel Appoints Mark Fletcher as Chief Science Officer at Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd

    Douglas Pharmaceuticals, New Zealand’s largest pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company in Oceania, appoints Mark Fletcher as Chief Science Officer. Mark has migrated from the United States, previously being employed as VP Technical Operations & Regulatory Affairs for PBM Pharmaceuticals. He has a global pedigree background......

  • Seqel Hosts his Excellency the Governor General Jerry Mateparae

    Jerry Mateparae, New Zealand’s new Governor General, is guest speaker at SEQEL’s Human Resources Director Leadership Luncheon. Mr Mateparae shared his thoughts on his new mandate and his vision for New Zealand....

  • Nick Nairn Appointed as General Manager Australia DB Breweries

    SEQEL has appointed Nick Nairn as General Manager for the Australian subsidiary of DB Breweries, Drinkworks. Nick was previously Sales Director (Australia) for Frucor Beverages, providing leadership to a sales team of 180 staff and has contributed significantly to the company’s growth in Australia....

  • Seqel Appoints Jan Dawson & Catherine Drayton to Beca’s Board

    Catherine Drayton and Jan Dawson have recently been appointed to the Board of Beca by SEQEL. Ms Dawson and Ms Drayton are the first female Non Executive Directors appointed by Beca, New Zealand’s largest professional services firm. Up until mid 2011 Jan was Chief Executive......

  • Seqel Appoints Vanessa Stoddart to Warehouse Board

    Vanessa Stoddart has been appointed to the Board of The Warehouse in a search managed by SEQEL. Ms Stoddart is a Non Executive Director of New Zealand Refining Company and Paymark. As a senior executive, she most recently concurrently ran Air New Zealand’s global Human......

  • Seqel Appoints Handley & McBride to Sky Television Board

    Sky Network Television has recently appointed Geraldine McBride and Derek Handley to their board in a search managed by SEQEL Partners. Geraldine McBride is a recent recipient of the KEA World Class New Zealander award recognising her outstanding international career with global software giant SAP.......

  • Breaking into the Boardroom

    SEQEL Partner, Mark Ashcroft comments on the increasing number of young female directors adopting a portfolio approach to life in the September 20th National Business Review. The article includes profiles of 4 prominent young directors; Alison Taylor, Vanessa Stoddart, Vicky Taylor and Rukumoana Schaafhausen. Click......

  • Talented CEO’s Scared Away From Councils

    Don Jaine comments in the National Business Review, 9 July 2013, on the impact for New Zealand Councils of the ongoing saga with Tony Marryatt. Execs Shun Councils...

  • Rob Morris Appointed to run Gen-I’s Financial and Commercial Group

    SEQEL has appointed Rob Morris, in a role reporting Gen-I’s Chief Executive Tim Miles. He has extensive business and finance experience, having held senior positions with Ericsson in Sweden and New Zealand. Most recently he was CFO for Ericsson’s $12B Networks business unit. Previously he......

  • Seqel Appoints Kim Ellis to Port of Tauranga’s Board

    Kim Ellis has recently been appointed to the Board of NZX Top 10 company, Port of Tauranga, in a search conducted by SEQEL. Kim is a Director of a range of companies including Freightways, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Moa Beer, Fonterra Shareholders Fund, Envirowaste Services and Juicy......

  • Company Boards Ditching the Old Boys Network

    Don Jaine comments in the National Business Review on the growing trend for to boards use a formalised search process, versus merely their own networks, to appoint Non Executive Directors. Old Boy Boards...

  • Big Year for Changing of the Guard

    SEQEL Partner Mark Ashcroft discussing his observations on recent CEO movements in the front page Herald Business article entitled “Big Year for Changing of the Guard”. Full article below. Herald Business...

  • Seqel Appoints Telecom’s Sales Director

    Grant McBeath brings a wealth of sales and country management experience, having held a number of senior positions with Nokia and has made significant contributions across Asia, Australia and New Zealand....

  • Seqel Appoints Tony Balfour to the Warehouse Board

    Tony Balfour has recently been appointed to the Board of The Warehouse in a search conducted by SEQEL. Mr Balfour spent the last 5 years at Icebreaker, leading all commercial aspects of the business including the company’s global business units, ecommerce activities, retail and marketing.......

  • Recruiting at the Top

    (New Zealand Management Magazine – The Director – September 2012). This article by Mark Ashcroft sheds some light on the common misconceptions relating to senior executive interviews. View the full article below. NZ Management Sept 2012...

  • Seqel Appoints Sales Director for DB Breweries

    DB Breweries has announced the appointment of Dan Gilbert as Sales Director in a search conducted by SEQEL. Dan was previously Melbourne based and was Sales Director for Lion Nathan’s $A2.5B Dairy & Drinks business. Prior to his move to DB, he had spent 12......

  • Seqel Hosts Paula Bennett

    The Minister for Social Development and Youth Affairs, Paula Bennett, was guest at SEQEL’s Human Resources Director Leadership Luncheon. The Minister reviewed the current thinking relating to welfare reform, the implications for businesses and wider New Zealand....

  • The Ironman CEO – Leadership as an Endurance Race

    (New Zealand Herald – Thursday February 9th, 2012) In this article SEQEL Partner Mark Ashcroft draws parallels between Ironman racing and the role of a CEO in the current economic climate. Themes of goaling, tenacity, focus and resilience are all touched upon. View the full......

  • Seqel Appoints David Geor as Chief Executive for Higgins Group Holdings

    Higgins Group Holdings, one of New Zealand’s roading and civil construction business, appoints David Geor as Chief Executive. David will be the first non-family member in Higgins’ history to be appointed as Chief Executive. He has a vast amount of experience in a broad range......

  • New Chief Executive Appointed EMA

    SEQEL appoints Kim Campbell as CEO of the Employers & Manufacturers Association. Mr Campbell has had a distinguished career in New Zealand and overseas working in manufacturing and exporting businesses in a variety of industries and geographies. Click to read the full press release from......

  • Seqel Partners Appointed to Find New Chief Executive of EMA

    Following the high profile departure of Alasdair Thompson from the Employers & Manufacturers Association, the question of who will replace him as chief executive has been a hot topic in business circles. SEQEL is subsequently retained to identify a replacement for Mr Thompson. EMA Search......

  • Seqel Appoints Group CEO and New Zealand CEO for Frucor Beverages

    Frucor Beverages, arguably New Zealand’s most consistently successful FMCG company, announces the appointment of Carl Bergstrom as Group Chief Executive, replacing Mark Cowsill who has retired. Mark Callaghan, the previous Australasian Managing Director of Cadbury Confectionery, assumes the role of New Zealand Chief Executive....

  • The Future of Our Leaders – The Emerging Chasm in the New Zealand Leadership Market

    Leadership is core to New Zealand business interests, the economy and our future. The leadership talent pool available to New Zealand enterprises is shrinking rapidly. The trends expose that attracting and retaining leadership talent will fast become an even greater challenge for New Zealand business.......

  • Seqel Hosts Rob Fyfe

    Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive of Air New Zealand, is guest speaker at SEQEL’s Human Resources Director Leadership Luncheon. Mr Fyfe provided guests with a compelling insight into the cultural and leadership models which have transformed Air New Zealand into one of our most highly regarded......

  • Eden Park Trust Board Appoints David Kennedy

    The Eden Park Trust Board, which governs and operates the stadium set to be the centrepiece of Rugby World Cup 2011, today announced the appointment of Mr David Kennedy as Chief Executive Officer. David Kennedy Appointment Eden Park...

  • Eden Park Searches for a New Chief Executive Officer

    SEQEL is retained in October 2009 to identify a new CEO for New Zealand’s most iconic sporting venue in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2011. Download the press release from Eden Park Chairman John Waller below. Eden Park CEO Press Release...

  • An Introduction to Advisory Boards

    The challenges of the current market make it imperative that all business owners have access to quality advice. While there are endless sources of advice available, Advisory Boards are increasingly favoured by forward thinking business owners seeking to take their enterprises to the next level.......