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Air NZ names new chief executive

Air New Zealand has appointed former banker Rob Fyfe as its new chief executive to replace its previous head Ralph Norris.

Fyfe who has been Air New Zealand group general manager, since 2003 was the favoured candidate to replace Norris, who left the company in August to become head of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

"I'm certainly very excited and very proud to be given this opportunity," Fyfe said at a media conference in Auckland.

Chairman John Palmer said Fyfe appointed on merit after an extensive and rigorous selection process, which attracted high quality overseas candidates through to the final stage.

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Nortel names new chief executive

Nortel Networks named Mike Zafirovski, a former Motorola executive, to take over as chief executive succeeding Bill Owens who worked to restore the Canadian telecommunications equipment manufacturers’ credibility following an accounting scandal.

Mr Zafirovski, who helped turn around Motorola’s mobile-phone unit, left the US electronics and mobile phone group in January after being passed over for the chief executive’s job. At Nortel his biggest challenge will be reviving equipment sales to telephone service providers following the telecommunications crash and an accounting scandal at the Brampton, Ontario-based company that dated back to 1999. “Bill re-established stability within Nortel and credibility with all its stakeholders,” said Harry Pearce, Nortel’s chairman. “Mike can now build for the future on the strong foundation Bill Owens has given us.”

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Recruitmax signs Allison International

Human resource technology provider’s Staffing Edition is selected over seven other applications by major international executive search firm.
Recruitmax, a global company in technology and services for building great workforces, announced today it has added Allison International to its rapidly expanding list of European-based clients. The London-based executive search firm selected Recruitmax’s highly regarded Staffing Edition (SE) in a competitive tender. SE will help Allison International’s search professionals find, screen and hire employees faster to fill high-level, financial technology jobs around the world from its three offices in London, New York and Silicon Valley. Allison International’s search professionals consult on a variety of management hiring issues.

Designed to meet the specific needs of staffing and recruiting agencies, for several years SE has been helping some of the world’s largest companies improve their recruiting efficiency. In addition to managing the entire recruiting and placement process from beginning to end, SE also includes robust CRM, contact and sales management tools that streamline the placement process. This reduces resource input, associated with front-office tasks, enabling customers to make high quality placements, faster.

Peter Bennett, managing director for Allison, said he conducted "an in-depth evaluation of eight leading recruitment offerings" before determining that Recruitmax was "superior to all others in terms of its technology, ease of use and screen layouts. From the outset, everyone I have dealt with at Recruitmax has been incredibly professional, attentive and has always delivered what was promised," he said. "This is the third recruitment software implementation we have undertaken and it has been by far the most straight-forward, best documented and well-structured approach. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Recruitmax."

"Being selected by one of the world’s leading executive recruiting firms reflects Recruitmax’s surging visibility throughout Europe. With every day our stature rises throughout the world as a company that ensures our clients have the most efficient recruiting, onboarding and performance management processes around" said Darren Jaffrey, general manager EMEA for Recruitmax. "Recruitmax and Allison International share the same passion for ensuring companies build the best possible workforces - workforces that differentiate themselves."

Recruitmax’s other products target major human resources processes, including onboarding - the process of getting employees into their new jobs, and performance management.


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Few boards ready for change in CEO

Preparing for the day a chief executive officer says goodbye is a key job for any corporate board, but directors say it is too often relegated to the back burner.

Two-thirds of Canadian directors who took part in a recent study said they felt their board was spending too little time thinking about who their next CEO would be.

Close to 20 per cent said their company is not prepared or would find it tough to respond to a change at the top.

Patrick O'Callaghan, a Vancouver-based consultant who works with boards, says it is clear there is work to be done.

"This is the human asset that drives the corporation . . . Hiring, firing, this is the most important thing the board does," said Mr. O'Callaghan, whose firm conducted the study along with recruiting firm Korn/Ferry International. "If this is the most important thing the board does, why are they not spending more time on succession planning?"

Jeff Rosin, managing director of Korn/Ferry's Canadian operations, said one of the reasons directors shy way from picking a successor to their current leader is that it is such a tough thing to do.

Their actions can cause hard feelings among internal candidates who are passed over -- executives who they may know and respect, but who may decide to leave when it becomes clear they will not be the next CEO.

Rob Grandy, Korn/Ferry's Canadian board practice leader, said directors may be neglecting this issue just because they have so many other pressing matters fighting for their time.

"When you go to talk to these people, they have piles of material on their desk . . . binders and binders," he said.

The challenge, he said, is to keep the issue of future leadership top of mind. Directors need to see rising executives in action and get a feeling for how they work with people and handle difficult situations.

In fact, Mr. O'Callaghan and his colleagues say Canadian boards in general are better prepared for a transition in the corner office than they have ever been. They say most large firms have some plan for succession. Many have thought about who would take over in the case of an unexpected event, with one CEO even putting his directions in a sealed envelop for the board to open in an emergency.

Still, they say they found many directors, especially at small and medium-sized firms, who did not feel they were doing enough. Barely more than half of the 165 directors and CEOs they interviewed for the study said their companies were well prepared for a sudden change at the top.

Among the studies were other findings:

42 per cent of small companies said succession planning was not on their board's radar.

Half of those with formal succession plans said they were linked to their company's strategic plan.

58 per cent of CEOs in large companies were internal placements, compared with 32 per cent in mid-sized firms and 17 per cent in small firms.

More than half said the human resources committee of the board takes the lead in succession planning and 10 per cent said it was the CEO.

In spite of all the findings, 73 per cent said they were satisfied with the succession process they had in place.


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The Globe and Mail: Few boards ready for change in CEO

Citizens Gas & Coke Utility Names New CEO

Indianapolis-based Citizens Gas & Coke Utility has promoted Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carey B. Lykins to president and chief executive officer.

Lykins succeeds David Griffiths, who has retired.

Source: Inside INdiana Business
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Saks names new executive

Saks Inc. has appointed Michael G. Archbold as executive vice president/chief financial and administration officer of its Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises business segment.

Archbold will begin his new job Monday, reporting to Kevin Wills, the company's executive vice president (EVP) of finance and chief accounting officer, Saks said in a statement.

A certified public accountant, Archbold has almost 20 years financial experience in the retail industry. Most recently he served as EVP and chief financial officer (CFO)of AutoZone, the nation's leading retailer of automotive parts and accessories. He joined AutoZone in 2002 as senior vice president and CFO. Archbold's has also held financial positions at the booksellers division of Barnes & Noble, Woolworth Corp. (now Foot Locker) and Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises consists of 55 Saks Fifth Avenue Stores, 50 Saks Off 5th stores and Saks.com. Saks Inc. also owns 181 department stores under the names Parisian, Younkers, Herberger's, Carson Pirie Scott, Bergner's, Boston Store and 53 Club Libby Lu specialty stores.

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American Airlines names new head of GLBT outreach

American Airlines officials said Monday they have named 11-year company veteran George Carrancho to national sales and marketing manager–GLBT community. The personnel move comes as the airline carrier was recently given a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2005 Corporate Equality Index, the HRC’s barometer on how fairly companies treat their gay employees.

Carrancho and fellow sales and marketing manager Betty Young now make up the airline’s Rainbow TeAAm, a marketing group begun in 1994 to specifically target gay and lesbian travelers. According to Carrancho and Young, the Rainbow TeAAm is recognized as the first GLBT national marketing unit at a Fortune 100 company and is the only group of its kind at any of the domestic carriers.

American Airlines names new head of GLBT outreach | News | Advocate.com

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