Garry Diack appointed CEO of Tait Communications

Thursday, 25 September, 2014

Christchurch, New Zealand: Experienced business leader Garry Diack has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of leading New Zealand exporter and critical communications company Tait Communications.

Mr Diack brings strong leadership and a wealth of governance and management expertise to Tait Communications. He has a 25 year career as an advisor in corporate performance improvement, governance and growth-related strategies in New Zealand and offshore.

He has served as a Trustee of the Contel Charitable Trust, one of the owners of Tait Communications, since 2007. Mr Diack's advisory roles have included News Limited (now News Corp Australia) and PMP Limited.

He was also involved in the merger activities, which led to the creation of Fonterra in 2001 and, as interim CEO, led State Owned Enterprise Solid Energy through a period of challenging market conditions last year.

Mr Diack replaces former CEO Frank Owen, who stepped down in April 2014. David Wade, Tait Communications acting CEO will remain with the company. Mr Diack's appointment is effective immediately.

Chairman of the Board, Peter van Rij, said, "Garry's appointment is exciting for us and a significant addition to Tait as we continue our tradition of innovating in the global market place.

"Garry will lead Tait Communications' shift to software solutions and support services as part of our global growth strategy.

"We're grateful for the energy and commitment of all our employees during our search for a new leader, and would like to thank David Wade for his excellent leadership."

Mr Diack said: "Tait is a business with such immense potential. It is endowed with great people and its excellent track record of international performance has clearly secured its status as an iconic brand for Christchurch and New Zealand. I am privileged to have secured this position and very excited to have a leadership role in its ongoing success."