Miles joins PGG Wrightson

Ex-Vodafone CTO to head farming firm

Tim Miles, the New Zealander who climbed the career ladder at Vodafone to become the mobile network operator’s global chief technology officer, has been appointed chief executive of agricultural services firm PGG Wrightson.

Miles returned to New Zealand a year ago after two years in the UK, where he was CEO of Vodafone’s UK operation before becoming global CTO.

He was CEO of Vodafone New Zealand before heading to the UK and has an extensive background in IT, having worked for Unisys, Data General and IBM before Vodafone.

In a media release announcing Miles’ appointment, PGG Wrightson chariman Craig Norgate says Miles “brings a range of leadership and strategic skills available only rarely in one executive.

“Among other things, he has a deep understanding of the impact of technology on business, a theme that is becoming more important in agriculture.”

Miles isn’t a stranger to the farming sector — he grew up on a dairy farm in the Horowhenua, in the lower North Island, and has family who still farm there.

His career move from telecommunications to agriculture is the opposite of that of TelstraClear CEO Alan Freeth, who joined TelstraClear in 2005 after a spell as CEO of Wrightson.

(Wrightson and PGG merged in 2005).

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