Chamber of commerce names new chief executive
The Waikato Chamber of Commerce has appointed a new chief executive.
Chris Simpson will take over from outgoing chief executive William Durning on July 9.
“The chamber board is delighted to welcome Chris to the organisation; selected from a strong list of more than 40 candidates, Chris' passion for the Waikato, supported by his leadership, research and strategic thinking skills will drive the chamber to an even greater role for businesses large and small across the region,” said Waikato Chamber of Commerce chairman Terry Wilson.
“Chris has the benefit of assuming the role from William Durning, who has driven significant change and growth in the organisation in the three-and-a half years he has been with us. William leaves behind him a strong, successful, financially viable and credible organisation — a great foundation on which Chris can build the Waikato Chamber of Commerce of the future.”
Originally from the Waikato, Chris started his career in Parliament where he was director of research. He also held the position of CEO of the Property Council of New Zealand and prior to moving back to the Waikato he worked in international operations for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission at the Australian High Commission in Wellington.
Chris was manager of economic development at Hamilton City Council from 2013-2016 before he stood for the Hamilton mayoralty in 2016, polling third.
The chamber is planning a function on July 26 to welcome Chris, and farewell William.
From left: Chris Simpson, William Durning, and Terry Wilson.