NZ Post names new Chief Executive

24 March 2017

NZ Post Board Chair Jane Taylor today announced that David Walsh will take up the role of Chief Executive Officer at NZ Post, with effect from 1 May 2017.

The announcement follows the notice of retirement last year of Sir Brian Roche.

“Following an extensive search, which considered candidates from New Zealand and overseas, I have much pleasure in announcing David Walsh as our new CEO,” said Ms Taylor.

Mr Walsh has been at NZ Post for two years as Chief Financial Officer and has provided executive leadership to the Information Technology function.

Prior to joining NZ Post, he was appointed as CFO at KiwiRail in 2004, before moving into the role of General Manager, Corporate & Finance. Earlier in his career, Mr Walsh spent time in the NZ Racing Board, Fonterra, TransAlta NZ and Shell NZ.

Mr Walsh is a long term Wellingtonian. He attended St Patrick’s College before completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University. He is married to Dame Therese Walsh and together they have two teenage children.

Ms Taylor said that since joining NZ Post, David has been instrumental in building the performance and capability of the Finance team, as well as taking an important leadership role across the Group Technology function.

“Most recently he has played a pivotal leadership role in working through the complexities associated with the Kiwibank partial sale and operational separation from NZ Post.

“The Board feels that the momentum behind the transformation already underway at NZ Post will benefit from the continuity provided by having an internal appointment. David knows the company well, knows where we are heading and knows what we need to do to become a more customer-centric, service oriented business, enabled by our digital future.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Brian’s contribution to the NZ Post Group over his seven years as CEO and to thank him on behalf of the Board for his exceptional leadership in the transformation of one of New Zealand’s largest companies.”