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Mainfreight appoints two women to board

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/12/2016 Rebecca Howard
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Mainfreight, the transport and logistics group, said two women, Kate Parsons and Sue Tindal, will join the company as non-executive directors starting on Jan. 1.

The company came under pressure to renew its board at its annual meeting last July.

At the time Radio New Zealand reported there was a tense exchange between Mainfreight chairman Bruce Plested and a representative of the New Zealand Super Fund.

Plested reportedly said there was no succession plan but the company was committed to refreshing the board with new members at some point.

In a release to the NZX on Tuesday, Plested said: "We have been on the lookout for appropriate individuals to bring onto Mainfreight's board for some time."

Mainfreight said Parsons has more than 20 years' finance experience in a number of industries both in New Zealand and overseas, including a number of chief financial officer roles.

Tindal is currently group chief financial officer at Auckland Council and has held numerous senior executive roles at Westpac and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Both will stand for election at Mainfreight's annual shareholders' meeting on July 27. There are currently no women on Mainfreight's board.

Mainfreight shares rose 0.7 per cent to $20.76.

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