Cham­ber of com­merce names new chief ex­ec­u­tive

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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.

Photo / Sup­plied

From left: Chris Simp­son, Wil­liam Durn­ing, and Terry Wil­son.

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