Board of Directors
Mark Verbiest: Chairman, Non-Executive Director
Mark Verbiest was appointed Chairman of Telecom in November 2011. He is also Chairman of Transpower New Zealand Limited and Willis Bond Capital Partners Limited, a director of Freightways Limited, a member of the board of Government Superannuation Fund Authority, a board member of the Financial Markets Authority and consultant to law firm Simpson Grierson. He was a member of Telecom's senior executive team from late 2000 through to June 2008 and, prior to 2000, a senior partner in Simpson Grierson specialising in mergers and acquisitions and securities, competition and utilities-related law.
Murray Horn: Non-Executive Director
Dr Murray Horn joined the board in July 2007. Murray has held a number of senior executive roles with ANZ Banking Group since 1997, including leading the group's New Zealand operations. He has also served as secretary to the New Zealand Treasury and has previously served on a number of boards, including the New Zealand Tourism Board. He has represented New Zealand at the OECD, as a governor at the World Bank and as an alternate director at the International Monetary Fund. Murray received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1989 and has been awarded a number of academic honours in New Zealand and the United States.
Kevin Roberts: Non-Executive Director
Kevin Roberts has been a member of the Telecom Board since 28 August 2008. Kevin has extensive international experience in brand, marketing and customer satisfaction and is CEO for Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. He is a member of the Directoire of Publicis Groupe. He is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Auckland and an Honorary Professor of Creative Leadership at Lancaster University. He is a private sector ambassador to the New Zealand/United States Council and in 2006 was appointed chairman of the USA Rugby Board. Previously, Kevin held senior management and marketing positions with Procter & Gamble, Pepsi-Cola and Lion Nathan. He has undertaken pro-bono work for the Antarctic Heritage Trust, co-founded New Zealand Edge and served on the New Zealand Rugby Football Union Board. Kevin is also a trustee of the Turn Your Life Around Trust. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Waikato, the International University of Geneva, Peruvian University of Applied Sciences in Lima and Lancaster University.
Charles Sitch: Non-Executive Director
Charles Sitch retired from the international management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, in 2010. He joined McKinsey & Company in 1987 and in 2000 became a senior director, primarily working with CEOs and Boards on strategy and operations turnarounds. His practice has been focused on telecommunications, consumer services, retail, banking, travel and entertainment. He is an advisory director of Bkk Investment Bank and since 2006 has been involved in various new business ventures. Charles holds a MBA from Columbia Business School and a LLB, BCom from Melbourne University.
Justine Smyth: Non-Executive Director
Justine Smyth is Deputy Chair of NZ Post Limited, Chair of The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and a board member of the newly formed Financial Markets Authority. She is also owner and executive director of Lingerie Brands Limited. Justine chairs the Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk sub-committee of NZ Post Limited and her background includes Group Finance Director of Lion Nathan Limited and Partner of Deloitte. She has experience in governance, mergers & acquisitions, taxation and financial performance of large corporate enterprises and the acquisition, ownership, management and sale of small and medium enterprises.
Paul Berriman: Non-Executive Director
Paul Berriman has been Chief Technology Officer of PCCW since May 2007, Hong Kong's largest telecommunications company, leading the Group's product and technology roadmap and strategic developments. He has over 25 years of experience in telecommunications, especially in IPTV, mobile TV, media convergence and quadruple-play. Prior to joining PCCW in 2002 as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Marketing, he was Managing Director of management consultancy Arthur D. Little in Hong Kong and was involved in telecommunications consultancy projects globally. Previously he also held executive, technical, engineering and operations management roles in Reuters and several major Hong Kong service providers including the Hong Kong Telephone Company and Hong Kong Telecom CSL. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electroacoustics from the University of Salford in the UK, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of Intel's Communications Board of Advisors and was a member of the board of directors of the International Engineering Consortium. He is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors since 1997 and has been a member of Hong Kong Telecom Regulator, OFTA's Technical Standards Advisory Committee for over 12 years.
Maury Leyland: Non-Executive Director
Maury Leyland is a director at Transpower. She has been a senior executive at Fonterra since 2005 and is currently leading the market build of Fonterra's new shareholders' market. Previous roles within Fonterra have included Programme Director of a major transformation programme, General Manager New Zealand Logistics and Associate Director Strategy and Growth. Prior to that, she spent 9 years with the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant working with large companies in New Zealand and Australia. She was a member of both the design and sailing team for Team New Zealand during the successful 1995 America's Cup campaign in San Diego. Maury is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland.
Simon Moutter: Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Simon is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and management of the company. He was appointed as Telecom CEO in May 2012, commencing mid-August of the same year. Simon is well attuned to the Telecom business having managed parts of the company in previous roles, most recently as Chief Operating Officer during the years 1999-2008. In the intervening years, he was the CEO of Auckland International Airport for a period of four years in which the company experienced customer growth and significant uplift in its share price. Prior to this he spent 13 years in the electricity and gas industry where he held various positions including chief executive of Powerco (1992 to 1999). Simon has a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor's degree in Science from Massey University.