Team NZ announce new five-member board

By Dana Johannsen

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

Team New Zealand have announced the formation of a new five-member board to govern the Kiwi syndicate as they continue to weigh up whether to challenge for the America's Cup in 2017.

Former chairman Gary Paykel has stepped down from the board after putting in place the new governance structure.

He said he had consulted widely to assemble a board made up of passionate New Zealanders with a range of skills and in-depth experience in many areas of business and technology as well as past experience with the team and the America's Cup.

Dr Keith Turner, a former chief executive and experienced company director, would chair the board.

The board's immediate tasks are to review the Protocol (the document which governs the conduct of the America's Cup), assess the possibility of mounting a credible challenge from New Zealand and prepare a business case for the Government. Oracle, the defender of the America's Cup, is expected to make the Protocol public within the next few days.

"Should the Board determine that a challenge is credible, I expect the Government will then decide whether to invest in a challenge and if so, seek a further appointment to the board," said Dr Turner.

While details of the management structure and the operating model will be worked through as part of preparing the business case for any challenge, Grant Dalton will assume the position of chief executive, reporting to the board.

The board met for the first time today.

THE BOARD:

Chair, Dr Keith Turner

Dr Turner is an experienced professional director. He is currently the chairman of Fisher & Paykel Appliances Limited, deputy chairman of Auckland International Airport, and a director of Chorus. In Australia he is a director of ASX listed Spark Infrastructure Ltd. As part of his Spark responsibilities he is a director of South Australia Power Networks and Victoria Power Networks.

He is a former chair of Solar City Limited and has significant experience with small, technology start-up ventures.

Dr Turner has extensive experience in the energy sector, most recently as chief executive officer of Meridian Energy Limited from 1999 to 2008. Prior to that, he worked as a private energy consultant advising a range of large corporate clients and Government.

Dr Turner has a practical bent, having built an 11.5m cruising yacht and a 250sq m replica colonial home. He is now based in Tauranga.

Director, Sir Stephen Tindall

Businessman, philanthropist and investor Sir Stephen Tindall, founder and director of the Warehouse Group, has had a long association with Emirates Team New Zealand.

As an investor in New Zealand enterprises, he has made substantial investments through K1W1 and other vehicles as seed and venture capital into a large number of start-up and early stage businesses from biotech, environmental technology, electronics, high tech, software and other businesses with high export potential.

Sir Stephen and his wife Lady Margaret established the Tindall Foundation to focus New Zealand on improving the performance of families and social services; supporting community-based initiatives that create employment and encourage enterprise; supporting the environment and preserving biodiversity; promoting generosity and giving.

In 2009, he was made a Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit, 2007 Distinguished Companion of the NZ Order of Merit; 2006 The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Medal.

Director, Greg Horton

Greg Horton is one of the founding directors of Harmos Horton Lusk, an Auckland-based specialist corporate legal advisory firm.

In his legal practice, he specialises in M&A transactions (public and private), takeovers, corporate law, governance, strategic and board advice and also structures and advice for high net worth families.

He is a director of Fulton Hogan Limited, New Zealand Funds Management Limited and Tappenden Holdings Limited, and is a trustee, director and investment committee member of a number of other entities.

Director, Tina Symmans

Tina Symmans has more than 25 years' experience in advising companies most particularly in the fields of strategic communications and corporate and government relations.

Tina operates her own practice and has had significant experience and connectivity with the corporate sector and government.

She is a director of Forsyth Barr, a member of the Takeovers Panel and chairs Williams Warn, a private company. Tina was previously a director of PSIS (Co-operative Bank) and Turners & Growers.

Prior to 2012 Tina was a member of the senior management team at Telecom as director of corporate relations and was on the team that ran the successful demerger program forming Telecom and Chorus.

Director, Bob Field

Bob Field recently retired from a successful career in the international motor industry, including 30 years as managing director and chair of Toyota New Zealand.

He has a strong record of governance with national organisations involved in conservation, road safety and best business practice.

Former roles include chair of the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development, Chair of WWF and president of the Motor Industry Association.

Current roles include chair of CMD Nominees and directorships of Kiwirail and NZRU.Bob has been closely involved with Team New Zealand for 25 years and six successive Americas Cup campaigns as a sponsor, an advisor and a mentor for the team.

- NZ Herald

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