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Appointment Of Director General Of Health

Appointment Of Chief Executive And Director General Of Health

The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble, today announced the
appointment of Stephen McKernan as Chief Executive and Director General of
the Ministry of Health. Mr McKernan is presently the Chief Executive of
Counties Manukau District Health Board (DHB).

Mr McKernan has nearly eight years' experience as a DHB Chief Executive.
Prior to Counties Manukau, he was Chief Executive Hutt Valley DHB, and Chief
Executive of Hutt Valley Health.

During the 1990s he held a variety of general management roles in the health
sector, including General Manager Primary, Community and Commercial Services
at Northland Health and also participated in an exchange programme with
England's National Health Service.

He has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University and a Diploma
in Public Health from the Royal Society of Health.

Mark Prebble says the position of Director-General of Health is one of the
most demanding in the New Zealand Public Service.

"Stephen McKernan is a very experienced chief executive in the health sector
and has the ability required to make a successful transition from the DHB
environment to central government.

"He has the experience and skills required for this position. In his
current role he is responsible for 5,600 staff and a total budget of $930
million. His experience as chief executive has included successfully
managing change programmes, strategic planning, delivering on business goals
and building relationships with health sector stakeholders.

"Stephen McKernan has a good understanding of the issues facing the Ministry
of Health and the wider health sector. He is widely respected within the
sector and will be able to build on the achievements of the previous Chief
Executive, Dr Karen Poutasi.

"Stephen McKernan will take up his role on 31 July 2006," Mark Prebble said.


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