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Our experienced directors hail from diverse backgrounds and lead Vector on behalf of our shareholders and other stakeholders.
MBA, MA, BA
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHAIR (APPOINTED 10 MAY 2013)
Jonathan Mason has extensive commercial experience. He has worked in financial management positions in the oil and gas, chemicals, forest products and dairy industries in New Zealand and the USA for International
Paper, ExxonMobil Corporation, Carter Holt Harvey, Cabot Corporation and Fonterra. Jonathan also has experience as a non-executive director on boards in both New Zealand and the USA and his current directorships include Air New Zealand Limited, Westpac New Zealand Limited and Zespri Group Limited. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland, focusing on finance.
BCom; CA, PMP
Non-independent non-executive director (appointed on 23 September 2019)
Alastair is a chartered accountant, chartered director and qualified member of the Project Management Institute. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors. Alastair balances his professional life between board roles and leading a consultancy specialising in business and infrastructure projects. He is an elected Trustee of Entrust, chairing the Entrust board’s Communications and Dividend committee. Formerly, he was deputy chair of Foundation North and chair of its Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Alastair is also chair of the Orakei Community Association and a trustee of the Motutapu Restoration Trust.
BE (Electrical), MBA (With Dist)
NON-INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (APPOINTED ON 12 NOVEMBER 2018)
Michael Buczkowski is an experienced Trustee and Deputy Chairman of Entrust. He was General Manager Operations at Ricoh from 2007 to 2018 and, prior to that, Managing Director of Hirepool and also Director of Owens Industrial (NZX top 40). His professional experience includes: Consulting Electrical Engineer at Beca, registered Electrical Engineer from 1984 to 2004 as well as international consulting expertise in the energy sector.
BE (Hons), ME, MPhil
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (appointed on 1 May 2019)
Tony Carter was Managing Director of Foodstuffs New Zealand Ltd for 10 years until he retired in 2010. Tony is currently Chair of Datacom Ltd, My Food Bag Group Ltd and TR Group Ltd, and a director of ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd. He was previously Chair of Air New Zealand Ltd until 2019 and Chair of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited until August 2020. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2020.
BSc (Econ), Dip & MSc (Econ)
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (appointed on 16 April 2019)
Dame Paula Rebstock is a leading Auckland-based economist and company director, who was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015. She is Chair of ACC, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia and the New Zealand Defence Force Board and a director of Auckland Transport, Kiwi Group Holdings Limited, and SeaLink. Dame Paula is the former Chair of the New Zealand Commerce Commission.
BE (Hons), ME, BCom
Bruce Turner is Director of Central Portfolio Management at Fonterra and a director of New Zealand Butter Canners Ltd. He is a highly experienced senior executive who has held leadership roles in the energy industry, both in New Zealand and overseas. Bruce is an advisory board member at the University of Colorado’s JP Morgan Center for Commodities. He was previously a member of the Electricity Authority’s Security and Reliability Council and was involved in the reform of the electricity industry, as a member of the despatch rules working group, the NZEM Rules Committee, the MARIA governance board and the development of industry common quality standards.
Vector’s management team are experts in their field, committed to delivering world-class infrastructure services, and attuned to the rapidly evolving demands of our customers.
Grad DipBS (Dist), DipFin, NZCE
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Simon Mackenzie is passionate about the power of technology to transform the energy industry and consumers’ lives. As Group Chief Executive, he has expanded and driven Vector’s portfolio of businesses to embrace innovative technologies and strategies to deliver efficient, sustainable energy solutions to consumers. Simon was appointed Vector’s Group Chief Executive in 2008. His tertiary qualifications include engineering, finance and business studies, and the Advanced Management Programme at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
MCom (Hons), FCA, CMInstD
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Hollingworth joined Vector as Chief Financial Officer in May 2019. He has over 30 years’ experience in a range of senior corporate finance roles including being CFO of public listed pay television company Sky TV, CFO of telecommunications company TelstraClear, Investment Manager for the diversified investment company Ngai Tahu Holdings, Executive Director at Asian private power development company AsiaPower and a director of corporate advisory firm Southpac Corporation. Jason has a Master of Commerce degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants ANZ and a member of the Institute of Directors.
CHIEF PEOPLE and Culture OFFICER
Fiona Michel is responsible for people, capability and culture at Vector. She has worked in the technology, banking, insurance and public sectors for over two decades in New Zealand and overseas. Fiona has won awards in New Zealand and Australia for achievement in human resources, leadership, culture transformation and industrial relations. She has a Master of Business Administration and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. Professionally, Fiona is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom and a Fellow Certified Practitioner and Non-Executive Director of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
BSc, BCom (Hons)
CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER
Nikhil Ravishankar leads Vector’s digital team and is responsible for managing the company’s digital and IT functions. He is charged with harnessing the performance of both existing and emerging disruptive digital technologies to ensure Vector is able to provide reliable, relevant and innovative services, and compete in the modern customer driven energy marketplace. Prior to joining Vector, Nikhil was with Accenture where he held the position of Managing Director for New Zealand operations and also sat on its Global Advisory Council for Telecommunications and Media practice. Prior to his role at Accenture, he was the Head of Technology Strategy for Spark and was part of their group transformation office.
Acting Chief Operating Officer, Electricity, Gas and Fibre
Andrea Robertson is responsible for Vector’s electricity, gas and fibre networks businesses. She is a seasoned leader with 30 years’ experience in the energy sector, including more than 20 years at Vector, where she has held a mix of customer care, service delivery and operational leadership roles across our electricity and fibre businesses. Her proven ability in change management as well as her strong relationship, people management and communication skills are proving invaluable as Vector completes our recruitment and selection process for Chief Operating Officer, Electricity Gas and Fibre. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Auckland Business School’s Leadership Programme and the New Zealand Institute of Management’s Strategic Business Planning and Strategic Leadership programmes.
LLB (Hons), BCom
Chief Public Policy and Regulatory Officer
With over 20 years’ experience across a range of sectors including energy, telecommunications, aviation and technology, Mark Toner has consistently navigated market, regulatory and policy changes across industries in disruption. Responsible for leading the Group’s regulatory, public policy, sustainability and data insights functions, he combines strong stakeholder engagement and reputation management expertise with his commercial and legal background to drive Vector’s vision of Creating a New Energy Future. In 2017, Mark was awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship and in 2018 completed an Advanced Management Programme at MIT in Boston.
LLB, MComLaw (Hons)
Chief Operating Officer, Metering and OnGas
Brenda Talacek is Vector’s Chief Operating Officer, Metering and OnGas, responsible for managing OnGas (LPG and Natural Gas), Metering NZ/AU and the Kapuni Gas Treatment Plant transition. Prior to joining Vector, Brenda held commercial and legal leadership positions at Genesis Energy, and was Senior Associate at New Zealand law firm Kensington Swan. Before joining the Group’s executive team, Brenda led Vector’s Gas Trading business and has held senior positions in our Electricity Networks division. Her leadership and commercial focus has helped to deliver strong growth, an excellent record in safety and customer satisfaction.
BA, Cert. Journalism
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Sarah Williams is responsible for developing and delivering Vector Group’s Marketing and Communications strategy. She is a seasoned executive with 30 years’ experience in communication related roles at an executive and board level with broad experience in both the corporate and agency environments. Sarah joins Vector from Porter Novelli, a public relations and marketing agency where she held the position of Managing Director. Her experience ranges from crisis management, stakeholder engagement, reputation management, to consumer PR, internal communications, brand management, digital and social. In 2019, Sarah was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand in recognition of her significant contribution to the industry and high levels of competence.
Chief Legal and Assurance Officer and Company Secretary
John Rodger is Vector’s Chief Legal and Assurance Officer and Company Secretary, responsible for legal, corporate governance, business performance, internal audit, risk, compliance, privacy and government relations. He brings a deep experience managing business performance and resilience in the context of fast-moving and rapidly changing environments. John has significant legal and commercial expertise gained from working across a range of sectors including energy, telecommunications and financial services. John joined Vector in 2006 from O2 in the UK and has held legal roles in major corporates and in professional services firms in London, the Cayman Islands and New Zealand.
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