New board members join Trade and Enterprise

New members' skills will help transform NZ into export-led economy, says Mallard

Four new board members have been appointed to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).

The new board members are Peter Maire, Jane Hunter, Alan Isaac and Lorraine Witten.

“They bring important skills and experience, in terms of growing, managing and supporting successful businesses and exports. Their commitment to the board will be valuable as the Labour-led government works to further transform New Zealand into an innovative high value export-led economy,” says Minister of Economic Development Trevor Mallard.

Auckland-based Peter Maire founded Navman, manufacturer of marine electronics and GPS technology, and has a strong background in exporting. He sold the company to US corporate giant Brunswick for around $100 million and has been heavily involved with a number of up-and-coming New Zealand IT businesses as investor, advisor and board member since the sale.

Marlborough-based Jane Hunter is the owner and viticulturist of Hunter Wines. The company has quadrupled the size of its vineyard in 20 years; it exports half of its production and has won numerous gold medals in international competitions.

Wellington-based Alan Isaac is the chairman of KPMG New Zealand and has extensive experience in corporate governance and management, and commercial accounting.

During the last 20 years Wellington-based Lorraine Witten’s has held a range of senior management, finance and director roles in both large and small companies. Her experience covers international businesses, particularly in the ICT sector, and expanding companies.

The four new members will be joining chairman Phil Lough and board members Craig Ellison and Peter Menzies.

The outgoing board members are Michael Andrews, Emily Loughnan, Ken Douglas and Wendy Pye, who have all been on the board since NZTE was established.

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