Mercer NZ appoints leading Maori woman to board

Mercer has added a Maori woman to its New Zealand board, with the appointment this week of Kristen KohereSoutar.

KohereSoutar’s appointment was confirmed by Mercer New Zealand chief executive, Martin Lewington who described her as an exceptionally talented individual who would play an integral role in delivering on the firm’s strategic objectives.

“Her broad experience in wealth management, together with her in-depth knowledge of investments and long-term savings schemes, will enhance our capability to deliver a great customer experience to New Zealanders,” he said. “Likewise, Kristen’s expertise in governance, regulation and leadership with iwi will complement our existing strengths and provide a different perspective.”

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“A great fit for our company, Kristen is a firm advocate in recognising the importance we place on excellence and ensuring that we help make a difference in the lives of all New Zealanders.”

Lewington said KohereSoutar had a governance and leadership background in the finance and investment sectors starting early in her career with KPMG and Minter Ellison, and later developing a corporate wide Maori banking strategy for Kiwibank.  

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