16 Jul 2010

NZTE has a new chief executive

4:17 pm on 16 July 2010

The Government's exporting agency, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, has a new chief executive.

Peter Chrisp, a former union educator and currently a regional president for multinational Norske Skog in Australia, will take up the job on 23 August.

Mr Chrisp has spent 20 years in the engineering, manufacturing and pulp and paper industries. He worked his way up the management ranks at Fletcher Challenge, which was later bought by Norske Skog.

Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee says Mr Chrisp's international business experience, commercial acumen and political insight will enable him to work with diverse national and international stakeholders.

Mr Chrisp replaces founding chief executive Tim Gibson, who left last December.