Public Trust Chair Sarah Roberts today announced that current Chief Executive Graeme Hansen has decided to step down.
Graeme Hansen was initially appointed to the role in September 2012 for a one year term. This was subsequently extended so the rollout of a significant reorganisation and business improvement plan could begin.
“The new business and management structure has been introduced, and the leadership team is now fully engaged in implementing the plan,” Ms Roberts said, “But given the nature of the work left to do, Graeme has indicated that now is the right time to bring in a longer-term Chief Executive appointee to focus on the construction of the next phase of the reorganisation.”
“Graeme has made enormous strides during his tenure as Chief Executive and we are grateful for his contribution. We appreciate his dedication and passion for our business; indeed, we are considering ways where he may continue to be involved in business opportunities with Public Trust in the future.”
Mr Hansen said his time at Public Trust has convinced him of the importance of Public Trust’s role in New Zealand society.
“We have made good progress in refocusing Public Trust back to its core offerings and I’m pleased to see the organisation moving forward,” Mr Hansen said. “There is much more work to do but my focus was around the design and initiation. The task now is for the new executive team to implement the plan so this seems like the right time to step away. I look forward to watching Public Trust really come into its own as the new business plan comes to life.”
Ms Roberts said that while the search for a new Chief Executive will begin immediately, Bob Smith has agreed to take on the role of interim CE. Mr Smith has been working with Public Trust for about a year assisting with the development of the business plan. This will enable Mr Hansen to leave Public Trust at the end of the year.