PRESS RELEASE – BRANZ announces resignation of CEO Pieter Burghout

BRANZ has regrettably announced the resignation of its CEO, Pieter Burghout, Group chairman Chris Preston said today.

Mr Burghout’s resignation will be effective from June 30 2013.

Mr Preston said Mr Burghout has made a significant contribution to the ongoing development of BRANZ during his five-year tenure as CEO.

He has overseen key projects such as a major redevelopment of the BRANZ headquarters at Judgeford north of Wellington, the implementation of an industry research strategy, and had lifted the profile of BRANZ’s work significantly through both industry and Government channels, Mr Preston says.

“Pieter took on the role of BRANZ CEO at a pivotal point in our history, he has been instrumental in helping build the organisation to its current position as New Zealand’s premier building and construction research business and he is leaving the organisation in great heart.”

Mr Preston says the BRANZ Board will begin recruitment of a new CEO immediately. Until a new candidate is confirmed for the role, the BRANZ Board has appointed Mr Preston as interim-CEO. Mr Preston’s tenure as Group Chairman was to cease in August, so he will now leave the Chairman’s position earlier at the end of June.

Mr Burghout is leaving BRANZ to take up the role of General Manager Canterbury Operations for Fletcher Building.

For more information, contact:
Chris Preston, Chairman, BRANZ Group
0274 582 886

Richard Arkinstall, General Manager, Knowledge Transfer
04 238 1399

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