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Refreshed TUANZ board sets out on a new direction

Refreshed TUANZ board sets out on a new direction

TUANZ Chair Pat O’Connell has welcomed six new members to the TUANZ board, saying that their election will bring energy and ambition to the help execute the organisation’s new strategic direction.

“The appointment of our six new board members shows that there is excitement about where TUANZ is heading and what it can offer New Zealand businesses as users of digital technology”, says O’Connell.

“It is fantastic to see some young faces, as well as so many women, represented on our board. TUANZ will also benefit from having people from a wide range of sectors and organisations, which shows just how deeply technology is changing every sector and industry of the New Zealand economy.”

The new board will get to work immediately, implementing TUANZ’ new strategic direction – ensuring New Zealanders can make the most of the digitally connected world – and achieving its vision of New Zealand being among the top ten countries for business use of digital technology by 2020.

The new board members are:

• Donna Spargo – Downer NZ

• Guy Alexander – Xero

• Jenna Woolley – Network for Learning Limited

• Liz Gosling – Auckland University of Technology

• Maxine Elliot – Vocus Communications

They join existing board members:

• David Clarke – independent

• Kevin Drinkwater – Mainfreight

• Mike Foley – Auckland Council

• David Gatland – independent

• Doug Wilson – New Zealand Automobile Association

The new board members are replacing retiring board members John Crisp from Transpower and Marianne Archibald from the Whanganui District Council, as well as filling four new positions on the extended board. Chair Pat O’Connell has been re-elected for a 12-month term.

There were 12 candidates for the six positions, and more than 50 per cent of TUANZ’ membership voted. The new board members will each serve two-year terms.

For more information about the new TUANZ board please see the attached information sheet.


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