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Paul Whiston appointed CEO of LIC Automation

Paul Whiston appointed CEO of LIC Automation

LIC has appointed Paul Whiston as chief executive of its new subsidiary business, LIC Automation.

Paul Whiston, originally from Rotorua, was previously head of sales and marketing for Paymark Ltd, the bank-owned payment network operator, where he was also acting chief executive for a time.

Prior to that, he was based in London as general manager international for Simpl, a New Zealand information technology professional services company.

LIC chief executive Wayne McNee said Whiston brings a strong leadership background to the role, and extensive experience in senior roles for information technology organisations that operate in international markets.

“Paul’s leadership skills, knowledge and experience will be vital to the success of the new LIC Automation entity as we plan to grow the business, deliver more integrated technology and meet the increasing demand from farmers.”

From 1 June, LIC Automation will oversee all automation and sensor technology systems for LIC, as well as any future developments.

Its formation follows LIC’s acquisition of milk sensor technology provider Dairy Automation Limited (DAL) in February 2014, and a decision to merge it with the co-op’s automation business, Protrack.

Whiston will lead a team of 50 staff and be based in Hamilton.

Paul Whiston starts with LIC Automation on 3 June.


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