Northland Inc seeks new leader

Dr David Wilson

Northland Inc is seeking a new CEO after the resignation of Dr David Wilson after more than five years with the regional economic development agency.

Dr Wilson was credited with having Kaipara as the national landing place for the US$440-million Hawaiki International Fibre Cable, which came ashore at Mangawhai Heads last year.

The 59-year-old is relocating back to Auckland to join his family, who have continued to live there since he assumed his CEO role in 2013.

Northland Inc chair, Sarah Petersen, said Dr Wilson had made a significant contribution to the region and would retain strong links to the north and his former employer.

Northland Inc is owned by the region’s ratepayers via the Northland Regional Council, and its chairman Bill Shepherd thanked Dr Wilson for his tireless efforts to improve the North’s economic performance — reflected in February last year when he was appointed to central government’s Provincial Growth Fund Independent Advisory Panel.

“My fellow councillors and I wish him well in whatever new venture he undertakes. Northlanders collectively owe him a great debt for his considerable efforts on our behalf across multiple fronts.”

Dr Wilson plans to maintain national leadership roles in regional economic development as EDNZ chair and is expected to continue a strong working relationship after he finishes officially in the CEO role at the end of March.


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