New senior managers appointed
Palmerston North City Council has appointed two new senior executive managers to its leadership team following the reorganisation of its senior executive structure.
Chris Dyhrberg has been appointed to the newly created position of chief customer and operating officer and has more than 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications, health and electricity sectors. He held an executive role in one of New Zealand’s top 15 listed companies and five years in general manager positions.
Appointed as new chief infrastructure officer is Tom Williams whose extensive experience includes leading in excess of 100 staff at the New Zealand Defence Force and responsibility for managing all construction and maintenance activity of the NZDF’s $4.3 billion estate portfolio across nine different sites.
Dyhrberg has most recently been the executive programme director for the Rural Connectivity group leading the set-up phase of the shared mobile network joint venture between Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees. He has also served as a director on Ka¯ piti and Horowhenua electricity network company Electra.
“My primary role will be to inspire and support my team to successfully deliver services to the public and business community,” Dyhrberg said, who added that part of the attraction of the role was the 10-year plan.
“I’m very excited about what my team can deliver for the city now and into the future,” he says.
Williams has managerial experience with the NZDF, Department of Corrections, KiwiRail and Air Services Australia. Most recently he served as general manager estate delivery for NZDF, leading the delivery of the transformational estate regeneration programme and establishing the strategic business partner for the defence estate and infrastructure group.
“Palmerston North has a significant programme of new and remedial works required across its infrastructure portfolio, which is going to make a huge difference to Palmerstonians’ lives and business practices,” Williams says.
“I feel a great deal of responsibility in leading my team and helping them to be successful.
“I believe my team is going to help make Palmerston North one of the best places to live in New Zealand.”