New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Chief Executive John Walley officially retires from his position at the end of March, after 16 years in the role. NZMEA President Tom Thomson presented John with a Life Membership of the Association at a recent leaving function.
“There is never a good time to leave, but I have other matters that need attention and require me to step down from management responsibilities; giving me more time for my family, other governance roles and other business projects,” says Walley.
“Leaving early in the election cycle positions the NZMEA well to appoint a new CEO, and give them time to make the role their own and build relationships before the policy debate heats up towards the next election.”
“It has been a privilege to be part of this Association and work alongside so many great business people to improve conditions for manufacturers and exporters.”
“The Association's work is a journey not a destination and I feel confident that the NZMEA Board and Governance, under the leadership of NZMEA President Tom Thomson, will keep the debate and work going well.”
NZMEA President Tom Thomson said, “For a CEO to be around for 16 years speaks for itself, our Board was pleased to make John an Honorary Life Member in recognition of efforts above and beyond what might be expected from a CEO. John leaves with our best wishes for the future and thanks for past efforts.”
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said, “John has been a fearless and incisive commentator on economic policy and a powerful advocate for the exporting and manufacturing sector. It was fortunate that you came to New Zealand for that working holiday all those years ago and never quite made it home. Thank you for staying and striving to make a difference.”