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Ralph Norris To Step Down As NZBRT Chairman


Ralph Norris To Step Down As
Business Roundtable Chairman

Ralph Norris announced today that he is to step down as chairman of the New Zealand Business Roundtable (NZBR), coinciding with his retirement from his role as managing director of ASB Bank Limited. Mr Norris was appointed chairman of the NZBR in June 1999. Dr Murray Horn, managing director, ANZ Banking Group (NZ) Limited and vice-chairman of the NZBR, will take over as acting chairman.

Mr Norris said he had enjoyed his time as chairman of the NZBR and would continue to take an active interest in its work. "I am particularly proud of the organisation's world class research and its continuing commitment to promoting and debating sound policy ideas", Mr Norris said.

Dr Horn paid tribute to Ralph Norris. "Ralph has a rare combination of personal qualities. He is a man of vision, integrity and great personal warmth. This is combined with strong business acumen and an unswerving belief in New Zealand's ability to do better.

"The NZBR has been extremely fortunate to have a chairman of Ralph's calibre who has been willing to stand up and make the case that New Zealand has to have superior public policies if it is to match the achievements of higher income countries".

"On behalf of all NZBR members I would like to thank Ralph for his contribution to the organisation and wish him the best for his future endeavours", Dr Horn said.


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