Mitre 10 NZ Chief Executive Officer, Chris Wilesmith, has resigned and will be returning to Australia after just over a year in the role.
The shock resignation of the co-op’s Chief Executive Officer was recently announced by Mitre 10 New Zealand Chairman, Martin Dippie who said that, “Chris is resigning from his role to return home to Australia on a permanent basis.”
“While the role was always an Auckland-based one, he has been commuting between Auckland and Coffs Harbour on a regular basis due to family commitments. The recent disruption of the borders closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic has made this travel very challenging. Despite the need to quarantine on both sides of the Tasman, Chris has remained highly effective and committed to his leadership role,” Mr Dippie said.
While it seems a vaccine will not be available for quite some time, and Australian and New Zealand borders will remain tightly controlled for the foreseeable future, travelling between countries was no longer sustainable for Mr Wilesmith and he has made the difficult decision to resign.
“Chris’ strong leadership during the initial lockdown and in subsequent months allowed the business to operate at very high levels, despite the restrictions and challenges we have faced. The Board has been delighted with his impact on the business,” Mr Dippie said.
Mitre 10 NZ has already begun the search for a new Chief Executive Officer via executive search partner Egon Zehnder.