TVNZ has announce the appointment of Simon Power as the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer.
This follows the announcement in September that Kevin Kenrick would be stepping down as Chief Executive of the television network in 2022.
Power, who will join TVNZ from Westpac NZ in March 2022, has held multiple leadership positions over the last decade, including most recently as the bank’s interim CEO.
Prior to joining Westpac, Power worked as a barrister and solicitor and spent 12 years as a Member of Parliament, holding Ministerial portfolios for Commerce, Justice and State-Owned Enterprises.
TVNZ’s Chair, Andy Coupe welcomes Power during a strong period of growth for the broadcaster.
“TVNZ has had a remarkable 2021, delivering record profitability, substantial audiences and significant online growth. This is an exciting time for a new leader to join the organisation, and Simon is focused on continuing this positive momentum as we accelerate our digital transformation, building an IP driven future for TVNZ and contributing to the Strong Public Media programme.
Simon is passionate about the challenges and opportunities the organisation faces, and he joins a high-calibre Executive team who are focused on delivering for viewers as their needs and the platforms they use continue to evolve. With his proven leadership background, understanding of government and track record in delivering fantastic commercial performance, we believe he is the perfect fit to lead Te Reo Tātaki, TVNZ into the future.”
Power says he is looking forward to joining TVNZ at a unique point in the broadcaster’s history.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead such an iconic organisation. The past year has truly demonstrated the importance a strong national broadcaster has in the daily lives of New Zealanders. I’m looking forward to joining the leadership team as TVNZ continues its digital expansion and moves into an innovative new era.”
Discovery Australia & New Zealand General Manager, Glen Kyne, has welcomed Power to his new role.
“I’m delighted to hear TVNZ has announced Simon Power as its new CEO.
“While Discovery and TVNZ might ostensibly be competitors, it’s better for Aotearoa as a whole to have many strong broadcasters, and with Simon stepping up to the helm, that’s what we expect to see.
“Media can be a cut-throat industry but at the end of everything we’re all just wanting to give our audience the best news and entertainment. I look forward to working closely with Simon, and all the other media companies as we continue to deliver Kiwis exactly that.”