Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation appoints Chief Executive

After an extensive external recruitment process, Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation (NTHC) has turned homeward in order to fill its most senior executive position.

The Chair of NTHC, Trevor Burt, announced today that Mike Sang had agreed to take up the role of Chief Executive.

“Mike recently completed an 18 month contract as CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and fortunately for us, we have managed to attract him to NTHC where he will bring his commercial acumen to the business side of the organisation,” Mr Burt says.

“This is a terrific outcome as Mike has all the knowledge of how the tribe operates plus extensive experience as one of New Zealand’s top chief financial officers.
“I am always delighted when an extensive recruitment process ends up identifying an internal candidate as best suited to the role.”

Mr Sang has an impressive managerial career, most recently steering Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu through a period of post-earthquake change and strategic review.
Prior to Te Rūnanga, he was Chief Financial Officer at PGG Wrightson Limited, a listed company within the NZX50, during a time of significant change through mergers, acquisitions and the global financial crisis.

Other senior positions held by Mr Sang include roles in Airways New Zealand Limited and Enerco NZ Limited.

Trevor Burt says, “Mike has been a stabilising influence in organisations undergoing complex mergers and integration. He is able to see things both pragmatically and strategically and has already proven himself to Ngāi Tahu, as someone committed to the long-term tribal vision and investment strategy.”

He added that Mr Sang brought a unique combination of leadership, commerce and governance experience to the position of CE Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation. His major task would be to expand the commercial asset base of the iwi in a manner consistent with the tribe’s investment policy framework, a framework that balanced risk with opportunity and ultimately provided for the long-term wellbeing of Ngāi Tahu Whānui.

Mr Sang will take up his position in the New Year.