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MBIE gets temporary boss ahead of election

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/06/2017

A temporary boss has been appointed to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment because a new one can't be found before the run-up to the election.

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has named Carolyn Tremain as acting chief executive of the MBIE and Christine Stevenson as acting comptroller of customs.

Ms Tremain is currently the comptroller of customs and chief executive of the New Zealand Customs Service, a role she has held since 2011.

MBIE chief executive David Smol leaves on June 30.

A recruitment process to replace him has been under way but it won't finish before the pre-election period starts on June 23.

Both Ms Tremain and Ms Stevenson will take up their acting roles on July 1 and will remain until a new chief executive for MBIE is appointed.

MBIE employs more than 3000 people, according to its annual report.

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