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MBIE boss to step down

NZN 26/01/2017 Sophie Boot

Chief executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, David Smol, won't seek reappointment when his five-year term ends in June.

Smol was MBIE's first chief executive, having taken over the role in September 2012 after working as acting CEO for six months.

State services commissioner Peter Hughes said Smol "will leave MBIE very well positioned for the future".

"Mr Smol has made a very significant contribution to the public service during almost a decade as a public service chief executive, both in his role at MBIE and also in the former Ministry of Economic Development," Hughes said.

Smol led the establishment of the super-ministry, bringing four different agencies - the Ministry of Economic Development , Ministry of Science of Innovation, Department of Labour and Department of Building and Housing - together.

Smol's pay packet was the fourth highest in the core public service in the year ended June 30 in a band of $620,000 to $629,999, behind the heads of the Ministry of Education, the Treasury, and the State Services Commission.

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