National postal operator New Zealand Post (NZ Post) has announced that David Walsh (left) has been appointed as the new CEO, with effect from May 1, 2017, following the impending retirement of Sir Brian Roche.
Walsh has been at NZ Post for two years as chief financial officer (CFO) and has provided executive leadership to the information technology function. Prior to joining the company, he worked as CFO at KiwiRail, before moving into the role of general manager, corporate and finance. Walsh has also worked for the NZ Racing Board, Fonterra, TransAlta NZ and Shell NZ.
Jane Taylor, board chair for NZ Post, said, “Following an extensive search, which considered candidates from New Zealand and overseas, I have much pleasure in announcing David Walsh as our new CEO.
“Most recently he has played a pivotal leadership role in working through the complexities associated with the Kiwibank partial sale and operational separation from NZ Post.
“The board feels that the momentum behind the transformation already underway at NZ Post will benefit from the continuity provided by having an internal appointment. David knows the company well, knows where we are heading and knows what we need to do to become a more customer-centric, service oriented business, enabled by our digital future.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Brian’s contribution to the NZ Post Group over his seven years as CEO and to thank him on behalf of the board for his exceptional leadership in the transformation of one of New Zealand’s largest companies.”
March 28, 2017