By Wares April 11, 2018 Industry news

Key personnel news from Appnet, BSH, Godfreys, Smiths City, and Solarcity.

Bianca Evangelista, Appnet’s Graphic Designer, has left to further her career. Her replacement, Gunjan Bansal, arrived in the first week of April.

Mark Gilbert (right), Appliance Connexion Director, is getting into wine. Actually he’s looking into wine as the new independent chair to the New Zealand Winegrowers Research Centre. Mark says of his new role: “The innovation within the New Zealand wine industry is renowned and I’m looking forward to supporting New Zealand wine growers with their strategic vision around research.” Cheers!


BSH has two new team members.

First up, Christine Haas (left) is new to the role of Product Manager. Hailing from Munich, where she worked at BSH Home Appliances as an intern in strategy for small appliances, in 2012 Christine moved to Singapore and into regional roles covering business development for small appliances and then regional sell-out and training for large and small appliances. Having relocated to Auckland she is now responsible for product management for laundry care, dish care and refrigeration.

Also at BSH Home Appliances, Stéphanie Stephens (right) has been appointed Brand Manager. Originally from France, she moved to New Zealand seven years ago and has an extensive background in local marketing following her previous role with Mercedes-Benz New Zealand. Stéphanie is excited to bring her expertise and savoir-faire to this new role which is dedicated to communication, events and sponsorships.


Alastair Kerr is the new Chair at Smiths City, replacing Craig Boyce (photo below). The Smiths City veteran is stepping aside from the role and will retire from the board at the end of May, marking the end of the “board refreshment programme” that saw Alastair Kerr and Ben Powles’ appointments as Independent Directors in December.

Craig Boyce’s 30-year career with Smiths City started with his appointment as General Manager in 1988, followed by his promotion to Chief Executive (1990-1999) and to Chairman, a post which he held for 19 years (1999-2018).

He says: “Smiths City has been an important part of my life over three decades. It has been my privilege over that time to lead a company that is so tightly woven into the fabric of New Zealand’s communities. Finding a successor was a key goal of the board refreshment programme we started last year and I am delighted we have found the right person to lead the company forward.

“Alastair brings to the company a depth of international retail and governance experience with industry giants such as Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, Virgin, The Body Shop, L’Oreal and Williams Sonoma. He also has strong experience in the New Zealand retail sector, serving as an Independent Director of the book retail cooperative Paper Plus Group and veterinary group VetSouth. He is the right person to guide Smiths City through its centenary this year and beyond.”

Other Smiths City news includes the resignation of Independent Director Gary Rohloff, who resigned at the end of April.


Godfreys Group has appointed two senior executives as part of its turnaround plan. Cat Parker is the new Chief Customer Officer (17+ years in e-tailing and CX, latterly with Goodyear) while Mari Ruiz, armed with 25+ years in HR and cultural change programmes, is Godfreys’ new Chief People & Culture Officer.


Maryanne Smith, former Noel Leeming and Torpedo7 Marketing General Manager, has joined Solarcity in the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer. Solarcity CEO, Andrew Booth, says Smith’s retail customer expertise will be vital as the solar energy services company continues to expand: “As GM Marketing of Noel Leeming, Maryanne led strategic initiatives to challenge, inspire and reinvent its brand position and customer experience in a highly competitive and complex retail environment. That’s exactly the vision and trusted brand reputation we want to inspire for solarcity.”

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