6 November 2013

New Directors Appointed to Board of
Aotearoa Fisheries Limited

Te Ohu Kaimoana (the Maori Fisheries Trust) has appointed three new directors to the board of Aotearoa Fisheries Limited.

Mr Anthony Hannon, a merchant banker with extensive experience in tax consulting, private equity and asset management, and Ms Liz Ward (Ngāti Porou), a former Chief Executive of Deep Cove Fisheries and Wellington’s CentrePort, have been appointed for a term of three-years. Mr Alan Gourdie, an Auckland-based consultant with international management and marketing experience as a chief executive and director, has been appointed for a two-year term from 1 November.

Te Ohu Kaimoana Chairman Matiu Rei said Te Ohu Kaimoana embarked on an extensive and robust appointment process to enlist the help of high quality people to grow the company. The openings attracted widespread interest from a range of highly experienced people who are able to bring a variety of valuable skills to the AFL board.

AFL Chairman Whaimutu Dewes welcomed the appointments. “We welcome Tony, Liz and Alan to the AFL team and look forward to working together to realise the opportunities and address the issues that we have as we go forward.”

Mr Hannon, originally from Otago, was one of three partners who formed Intellectual Capital Partners Limited (ICPL), an independent Private Equity and Corporate Advisory business. He is currently the Chairman of Snow Sports New Zealand; Radius Residential Care; Healthpoint Partners; CBL Insurance, and a number of other companies. He previously held directorships at Canterbury of New Zealand, Jade Software, Jucy Rentals, Woosh Wireless, AJ Hackett Bungy Group, and was a founding director of Treble Cone Ski Area.

Sydney-based Ms Ward is the Director Customer Service for Australia’s RailCorp, responsible for a staff of over 3000. She was previously the Chief Executive of Wellington’s CentrePort and has previous fisheries experience as the Chief Executive of Deep Cove Fisheries. She has a wide and varied experience in a range of different industries including transport and logistics; telecommunications; property development and management, and primary production.

Mr Gourdie has his own consultancy providing business and brand services to The Warehouse, Burgerfuel, Designworks and Methven NZ, among other companies. He was previously the Chief Executive of Telecom New Zealand Retail and has worked internationally for Heineken in London, Singapore and Amsterdam, as well as in Auckland.

Aotearoa Fisheries Limited is the largest Maori-owned fisheries company in New Zealand comprising Moana Pacific Fisheries, OPC Fish and Lobster, Prepared Foods Limited, Pacific Marine Farms and Kia Ora Seafoods, as well as a 50 percent stake in New Zealand’s largest seafood company, Sealord Group Limited.