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Enterprise Dunedin Director Announced

Enterprise Dunedin Director Announced

Dunedin (Tuesday, 26 August 2014) – Otago Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Christie has been appointed as the new Enterprise Dunedin Director.

Enterprise Dunedin is the new agency responsible for the economic development and marketing of the city. It brings together the Dunedin City Council’s Economic Development Unit (EDU), i-SITE and Tourism Dunedin.

DCC Chief Executive Officer Dr Sue Bidrose says, “I’m delighted to announce John’s appointment. It’s fantastic to have someone in this role who is so familiar with the economic base of the city and who has made such a great contribution already to business growth and the tourism sector.”

Mr Christie has worked for the Otago Chamber of Commerce for 21 years and has been its Chief Executive since July 1995. He was closely involved with the development of Dunedin’s Economic Development Strategy and has a key role in projects such as Project Shanghai and China.

He says, “The role of Enterprise Dunedin Director is a great opportunity to work for the city and to continue to build on the economic development work that is already underway.

“I have a passion for Dunedin and have really enjoyed working to grow local businesses, but this position takes my interest and involvement to another level in terms of opportunities around economic development and the growth of the city.”

“I have really enjoyed my time at the Chamber and I’m looking forward to staying in touch and continuing to work with the many people who have supported me in my role there.”

Chamber Chair Ali Copeman says, “This is a massive loss for the Chamber, but a massive gain for the city. With his passion and economic development knowledge, having John lead Enterprise Dunedin can only be good for the city.”

Under Mr Christie’s leadership, the Chamber had grown from a small organisation to the second largest Chamber in the country.

“His contribution has been huge. Whether we’re talking about small operators or large corporates, John has always fought long and hard for businesses in Otago.”

Mr Christie, who has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago, has held a range of directorships related to economic development, education, health and major event management.

The DCC received 37 applications for the role. Mr Christie will take up the position in late October.

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