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The board of ServiceIQ welcomes Rick Christie as new Chair


26.02.13

New Board Chair for new ITO ServiceIQ

The board of ServiceIQ welcomes Rick Christie as its new Chair.

He has been appointed to chair the newly formed ServiceIQ, an Industry Training Organisation (ITO), uniting three key ITOs in the service sector, covering aviation, tourism, travel, hospitality, retail and wholesale.

Mr Christie has extensive experience as a company Chairman and professional Director with roles in both the private and public sectors.

He said he is looking forward to joining the ServiceIQ board.

“I have always believed that sound and relevant capability development is essential to the future success of New Zealand business enterprise, and Service IQ has a key role to play in that process.”

Currently the Chairman of Ebos Group, NeSI, the recently formed NZ supercomputer network, and the Science Media Centre, he is also a Director of Southport Ltd., Solnet Solutions Ltd., and the NZ Pork Industry Board.

Until recently he was Chairman of AgResearch, Chairman of the Growth and Innovation advisory Board, Deputy Chairman of the Foundation for Research Science & Technology and Chairman of the Victoria University Foundation Board of Trustees.

Mr Christie has an extensive background in management including 21 years in the oil industry in New Zealand and overseas, and a Director of the holding company, BP New Zealand Limited. He has led a wealth of companies including Rangatira Ltd, Tradenz, Cable Price Downer Ltd and is an Accredited Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

In 2003 he was made a Hunter Fellow of Victoria University of Wellington, and in 2010 was made a Companion of the Royal Society of NZ for his work in the science and technology sector.

He has also been closely involved in a number of New Zealand sports and arts organisations, and the media. He was a Director of Television New Zealand for seven years, a founding Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and is a past President of Chamber Music New Zealand.

Mr Christie is an MSc (Hons) graduate in chemistry from Victoria University, married with three adult children, and lives in Wellington.

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