TEC Chair: Chief Executive Program
I have a wide-ranging of experience at a senior management level from my time at National Bank of New Zealand (now ANZ National Bank Ltd) both in New Zealand and overseas.
I was a representative in Japan for the National Bank and Deputy Manager of the Lloyds Bank International Tokyo Office for 4 years. I held the position of manager of the main Auckland office of the bank and 2 years later established the Auckland Area office with overall responsibility for the bank’s business in the region. This included responsibility for a staff of 300, sales and credit risk.
More recently I was involved with the establishment of National Bank Private Banking, a unit dedicated to giving investment advice and on-going management of clients’ investment portfolios.
My wife and I, ran a very successful ladies wear business in St Heliers for over 11 years. I was Chair of the St Heliers Business Association and oversaw the successful implementation of the Mainstreet program.
I currently act as an adviser to a number of firms particularly in the area of marketing, leadership, change management and strategic planning.
‘Being the NZ MD for a European company and no local board, it can be a bit difficult to find someone to bounce ideas off to get an independent perspective. Additionally, access to best practice and business education is not always easy to find. TEC has helped on both counts. I have access to a pool of CEOs and their experience and I get easily digestible information from a range of informative experts.’
Charles Willmer, LeasePlan (NZ) Ltd