NZ Post announces new CEO, strengthens China link
March 31, 2017
New Zealand Post has announced that David Walsh will take up the role of CEO from 1 May 2017.
The announcement follows the notice of retirement last year of Sir Brian Roche.
“Following an extensive search, which considered candidates from New Zealand and overseas, I have much pleasure in announcing David Walsh as our new CEO,” said Jane Taylor, Board Chair, NZ Post.
Walsh has been at NZ Post for two years as Chief Financial Officer and has provided executive leadership to the IT function.
Prior to joining NZ Post, he was CFO at KiwiRail in 2004, before moving into the role of General Manager, Corporate & Finance.
Earlier in his career, Walsh spent time in the NZ Racing Board, Fonterra, TransAlta NZ and Shell NZ.
Taylor said that since joining NZ Post, David has been instrumental in building the performance and capability of the Finance team, as well as taking an important leadership role across the Group Technology function.
“Most recently he has played a pivotal leadership role in working through the complexities associated with the Kiwibank partial sale and operational separation from NZ Post.
“The Board feels that the momentum behind the transformation already underway at NZ Post will benefit from the continuity provided by having an internal appointment. David knows the company well, knows where we are heading and knows what we need to do to become a more customer-centric, service oriented business, enabled by our digital future.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Brian’s contribution to the NZ Post Group over his seven years as CEO and to thank him on behalf of the Board for his exceptional leadership in the transformation of one of New Zealand’s largest companies.”
NZ Post also announced that it had signed an agreement to facilitate commerce for New Zealand’s companies looking to do business in China.
The agreement with the Henan Bonded Logistics Centre (HNBLC) and Trademonster will simplify access for New Zealand companies to one of world’s largest consumer markets.
The signing took place at NZ Post’s Auckland Operations Centre and was attended by senior representatives of the People’s Government of Henan Province, including Chen Run’er, the Governor of the province.
HNBLC processes more than 90 million domestic parcels in China, and more than half of all cross border ecommerce trade. Trademonster has a strategic alliance with NZ Post and has strong relationships with the major ecommerce platforms in China, which is key for New Zealand SME businesses looking to enter China.
NZ Post CEO Brian Roche said the agreement is testament to the trust and loyalty that has been developed between the New Zealand Government and the Henan Government.
“Chief Executive of Henan Imported Materials Public Bonded Center Group Co. Ltd Madam Xu Ping brought her senior team to New Zealand to meet with our heads of business and to consolidate the business trading lanes that are now actively open between our two countries.
“This provides New Zealand traders with simplified access to one of the largest consumer markets in the world.”
Dene Green, General Manager, NZ Post International, said the Trademonster relationship, which is headed by Managing Director Gavin Yang, is one of the most exciting and supportive cross-border agreements NZ Post has ever had.
“NZ post carried more than seven million items between New Zealand and China last year. Supported by strong relationships such as these, this is forecast to grow by up to 15 per cent over the next 12 to 18 months as more Kiwis shop online and more Kiwi companies grow their ecommerce capability and sell into overseas markets.”