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New Chief Executive for the Institute of Directors

New Chief Executive for the Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (IoD) have appointed Dr William Whittaker as Chief Executive.

Dr Whittaker has been employed by the IoD for five years, principally as Research, Policy & Development Manager. He has over twenty years senior executive experience in association management, both in the voluntary membership sector but also within the statutory framework of registered professionals, the majority as CEO. In addition, he has had active involvement in the SME environment as well as the education and research sectors both here and overseas and holds degrees from London and Cambridge Universities.

In making the announcement, IoD President, Stuart McLauchlan, said “William has been at the forefront of many of the IoD’s key initiatives and successes during his time with us. The IoD Council is confident that William and his team will build on those successes and enable us to achieve new levels of influence, market penetration and relevance.”

“A number of our major activities have been spearheaded by Dr Whittaker including the formation of the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI) and the very successful inaugural IoD Leadership Conference earlier this year. The Fresh Thinking:First Boards SME engagement push was one of his initiatives and he has been heavily involved in thought leadership and developing policies and programmes around diversity,” he said.

Mr McLauchlan said “Dr Whittaker’s experience and achievements at the IoD put him in an excellent position to lead the IoD into the future.”

Dr Whittaker is delighted with the appointment and says he’s very grateful for the confidence and support of Council, Branches and staff. “The great thing about this business is the opportunity to work with extremely talented and capable people, all of whom are striving to make a positive and enduring contribution to New Zealand’s prosperity. I am pleased to be part of a committed and dynamic team,” he says.

Dr Whittaker succeeds Ralph Chivers, who has taken up a position within the public service.


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