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Institute of Directors announces new Chief Executive

Feb 28 2017

The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (IoD) is delighted to announce the appointment of Kirsten Patterson as its new Chief Executive.

Ms Patterson is currently the Country Head of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ms Patterson, a qualified lawyer and Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, brings extensive governance and leadership experience, alongside advocacy on diversity issues.

The IoD’s President Michael Stiassny says Ms Patterson’s proven leadership skills will ensure the IoD’s new strategic priorities are taken to another level.

 “Ms Patterson brings valuable depth of experience and capability to the role. The IoD has made tremendous strides over past few years and it is testament to its reputation that the IoD has attracted interest from such high calibre individuals” Mr Stiassny says.

“When we began our search for a new chief executive, we needed someone who could take the IoD to another level on its strategic journey with knowledge to drive excellence in corporate governance for directors. It was important to us that the new CEO had the acumen and the gravitas that you would expect from an organisation that stands for the professionalism of directors.”

Previously Ms Patterson was the General Manager, Corporate Services at New Zealand Rugby Union where she was responsible for the stakeholder relationship between NZRU, the Government and Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd to host the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Ms Patterson has also held other roles in Human Resource management with Stagecoach New Zealand and Employers and Manufacturers Association (Central) Inc.

 With a vision to be the world class professional body at the heart of New Zealand’s governance network, Ms Patterson says she is privileged to have the opportunity to steer and lead the IoD to achieve this.

“Good governance makes a difference to our businesses, our economy, and through to our communities. In these globally uncertain and changing times, strong governance and leadership is needed now more than ever. The IoD has a significant role to play in ensuring the New Zealand governance community is ready for the challenges ahead and that their voice is heard in the policy debates impacting New Zealand.”


For more information:
Justine Mikaele Manager Communications, Institute of Directors 027 957 0315