Gary Paykel is deferring his retirement as a director on the board of Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings by 12 months after two unforeseen departures from the board.

Simon Botherway left on April 30 to pursue other career interests and Philip Carmichael said in March that he would be resigning from the Haier Group and from the board.

Liang Haishan of the Haier Group was appointed on April 14.

Lindsay Gillanders retired from the board last August and Ralph Waters stepped down as chairman and resigned in February.

John Gilks is to retire this August and Peter Lucas will retire next year.

Two new board members will be named this year.