Wednesday, May 29, 2024

New Tātaki Auckland Unlimited director named

Auckland Council has appointed Graeme Stephens (pictured) as a new director to the board of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited.

The Council says it sought candidates who would be able to add strong commercial and strategic skillsets and an understanding of the visitor economy to the board.

Councillor Angela Dalton represented the Appointments and Performance Review Committee (APR) on the interview panel and welcomed the new appointment.

“Graeme is well placed to provide the skills and insights sought for the Tātaki Auckland Unlimited board from his experience at SkyCity and other tourism and leisure sector roles,” she said.

“There was a strong field of candidates, but Graeme was a clear leader and the interview panel was unanimous in recommending his appointment. His skills will be of great value to the board and to Auckland as the tourism sector rebuilds.”

Mr Stephens qualified in South Africa as a Chartered Accountant and spent 10 years working as an investment banker based in Johannesburg.

He has worked on a number of large resort and hotel development projects around the world leading to his appointment as Chief Executive of Sun International, a gaming, hospitality and entertainment group listed in Johannesburg, with properties in Africa and Latin America.

In late 2016 he accepted the position of Chief Executive of SkyCity (listed in New Zealand and Australia) and relocated to Auckland with his family. He retired from his executive role towards the end of 2020 but continues to live in Auckland.

In September 2021, he became a non-executive director of NZ Hotel Holdings, a portfolio of hotels owned by a partnership between the New Zealand Super Fund, the Russell Property Group and Lockwood Property Group.

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