More shifts than a sweat shop…

… as David Innes hangs up his headphones, Charlotte Findlay shacks up with Telecom, Q Group New Zealand opens the doors to a raft of newbies, Paul Wright aims for US domination with Harcourts and Southern Hospitality goes trans-Tasman.

The voice of radio

After spending 10 years sticking up for the commercial radio industry, executive director David lnnes has decided it’s time to step down and take life a little easier.

“There have been a number of significant issues we have had to battle through, especially over the last five years. Those projects take a huge commitment and I’d now like to be in the position where I can give some more of my time to help in my other areas of interest, The Foundation for Advertising Research and the RNZYS youth sailing training programme to name but two.”

Radio Broadcasting Association chairman John McElhinney says lnnes’ contributions had been very considerable.

“The commercial radio licence renewal process and the following FM band plan restructure have been huge undertakings. David has been invaluable in helping to address these and many other challenges which have faced our industry. He has also been a tremendous champion for New Zealand music. He shaped our voluntary music code and has been a keen driver in maintaining the 20 percent New Zealand music airplay our members deliver. The Advertising Standards Authority, of which he was chair for two years has been another major commitment. He is a key figure in the broadcasting, advertising and New Zealand music scenes and we will sorely miss him.”

lnnes will step down early in the new year.

Phone home

After being ‘moved on’ from her role as TVNZ’s general manager of marketing when incoming sales and marketing chief Paul Maher arrived, Charlotte Findlay has landed on her feet, taking up the role of head of marketing communications at Telecom.

She replaces Michele Teague, who recently took up a plum role as managing director of the Campaign Palace in Sydney.

Annemarie Duff, previously the general manager of online recruitment company SEEK New Zealand, was brought in to replace Findlay at TVNZ.

Q up

Q Group New Zealand has added a host of new hires to the staff arsenal.

Justine Chevin, previously at Catch Media, has started as head of digital media for 3dInteractive, replacing Toni Knowles; Brett Bailey has joined as the new account director for search specialists First Rate; and Les Porter has been officially welcomed as creative director for digital agency Market United.

But wait, there’s more. Having recently arrived from the UK, Rosemary Jackson has joined The Great Kiwi Survey team straight from completing her Masters in Marketing from Otago University and George Heinemann, who was with the National Research Bureau and is completing his Masters in Business at AUT, joins her there.

Hot property

Paul Wright, who started out as a salesperson for Collins Real Estate in Christchurch and has spent 30 years in the real estate industry, has been appointed chairman of Harcourts International, taking over from David Spence, who held the position for nine years.

Wright has has previously held the positions of branch manager, regional manager and general manager in New Zealand, as well as executive director of Harcourts International. He is also a 50 percent shareholder of Harcourts International and was recently inducted into the Harcourts Hall of Fame.

Harcourts recently moved into the United States market. It has offices in 10 countries and over 7000 agents.

Branching out

Hospitality and foodservice equipment supply company Southern Hospitalit is heading trans-Tasman, leaving Andy Doherty, who has been a member of the company’s senior management team for over ten years and a director for the past four years, as chief executive of the New Zealand operation.

Managing director Roger Fewtrell, who established the business around 22 years ago, says the opening of its fourteenth branch in New Plymouth in October means further expansion in New Zealand is limited, so he’ll be heading up a team opening a branch in Sydney.

“I have been a part of the exponential growth of the company from just two branches in Dunedin and Christchurch employing twenty one staff to now employing over 200 staff at 14 branches and having a sales representative within an hour of most towns and cities,” says Doherty. “… It is a very rewarding industry to work in as the payback time is often very short and customers can reap the rewards of change quickly. I am looking forward to continuing to deliver strong results for the company, its staff, shareholders and other stakeholders in the wider community.”

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