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BRANZ appoints new CEO

Media release

26 May 2008

BRANZ appoints new CEO

BRANZ today announced the appointment of Pieter Burghout as its new chief executive officer.

BRANZ chairman Graham Coe said Mr Burghout had a wealth of experience in the building and construction industry, and would be a great asset to the organisation.

"Pieter has proven to be a fantastic champion of the building industry, and we look forward to him bringing his energy and vision to this role," said Mr Coe.

"He has played a crucial role in a number of key areas of industry reform in the past three years, such as Building Code reform, the introduction of builder licensing, and the nationwide debate around housing affordability."

Mr Burghout is currently chief executive of the Registered Master Builders Federation, and was previously CEO of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation. He has a law degree, an MBA, and is also a qualified builder. He has worked in advisory and leadership roles in government and industry associations.

Mr Coe said BRANZ is like the "brains trust behind New Zealand's building and construction industry", and is looking forward to Mr Burghout leading BRANZ into a new phase of increased activity in its core areas of product and materials research and testing, and communicating new developments to the industry through its publications and training services.

"During the past six years, Pieter has acquired enormous experience and respect working in the building industry - three years as CEO of the BCITO and then three as CEO of RBMF - so we are thrilled that he has decided to come to BRANZ."

He will begin his new role at BRANZ on September 1.

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