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July 15, 2008

GT New Zealand rejigs leadership

Grant Thornton New Zealand has named its new national chairman and announced another senior appointment.

Christchurch senior partner Trevor Thornton will take over as national chairman from Warwick Jones, who has been in the position since May 2006. Wayne Jackson has been appointed as the new chief executive of the firm’s Auckland office.

Thornton has been with the firm since 1984 and works closely with a range of companies to improve business performance and strengthen management and governance procedures.

He specialises in business recovery and reorganisation, and has a particular interest in the transport, manufacturing and professional services sectors.

Thornton also chairs the audit committee of City Care, a subsidiary of the Christchurch City Council Holding Company, and is a director of Richmond New Zealand, a large mental health provider.

Grant Thornton said Jackson is a highly experienced senior business leader with extensive international experience. He came from Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) Auckland practice where he was a senior partner and director of the business advisory practice.

During his 17-year career at E&Y, Jackson spent five years as a member of the management team with particular responsibilities for firm strategy, new client acquisition, managing top accounts, knowledge management and new partner development.

The two new announcements follow the appointment of Murray Brewer in January 2008 as a director in Grant Thornton’s Auckland office.

Grant Thornton said he has considerable experience in expatriate taxation and New Zealand’s international tax rules, which means he is qualified to deal with personal and corporate taxation issues relating to employee transfers and international tax planning issues for migrants and high net worth individuals.

Grant Thornton New Zealand has 26 partners, 220 staff and turnover of about NZ$30 million. It is comprised of four independent firms in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

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