Development West Coast’s Chief Executive, Chris Mackenzie, is finishing his tenure with the Trust on 18 October.
Chris has had a long involvement with DWC, firstly as the negotiator for setting up the Trust and then as the Government Appointed Trustee of the interim Trust in 2001.
DWC chair Renee Rooney says Chris will be missed after his three-plus years in the CEO role.
“He not only brought an immense skill-set to the position; he also brought a unique knowledge of the organisation.
“We have been fortunate to have Chris at the helm during a time of significant organisational change. He has been instrumental in improving the provision of economic development on the Coast, leaving a far more coordinated approach to the region’s economic direction and development.
“On behalf of the Board and the staff at DWC, I sincerely thank Chris for the substantial contribution he has made to DWC and to the West Coast. I wish him a well-earned and enjoyable retirement with his wife Rosie,” Renee said.
Chris Mackenzie said it has been “a privilege to work with the Board of Trustees, and talented colleagues who will continue driving the region forward.”
“I feel DWC is in a strong position and has a great team in place to continue delivering on the Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Strategy.
“With the local body elections and the current review of DWC taking place, I felt it was an appropriate time to step aside to enable my successor to induct any new Trustees and add some fresh direction to the organisation,” Chris said.
Former West Coaster and current General Manager of ANZCO Foods UK, Heath Milne, is set to replace Chris as the new CEO.
Heath will commence his role in January 2020. Chief Financial Officer, Mark Dawson, will take on the interim CEO role when Chris finishes at DWC.