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International businessman to head trade body

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Wellington, July 16 NZPA - An international businessman is to head New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).

The Government has appointed Peter Chrisp to the chief executive role.

Sydney-based Mr Chrisp is Australia regional president for multinational Norske Skog. He will move to Wellington to take the reins of the trade and business promotion organisation from August 23, replacing founding chief executive Tim Gibson who left in December.

Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee said time was taken to find the right person.

"The board has appointed Peter because he has the combination of export and international business experience, strategic leadership capability, commercial acumen, and political insight to work with NZTE's diverse national and international stakeholders."

Mr Chrisp has worked in the engineering, manufacturing and pulp and paper industries. He worked his way through the management ranks at Fletcher Challenge Paper, which was then purchased by Norske Skog.

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