TVNZ appoints new chief executive

TOP JOB: Kevin Kenrick is TVNZ's new chief executive.
TOP JOB: Kevin Kenrick is TVNZ's new chief executive.

Former Telecom and House of Travel executive Kevin Kenrick has been appointed chief executive of Television New Zealand.

The Auckland businessman replaces Rick Ellis, who has shifted to Australia to run Telstra's digital media arm, and will take up the position in mid-May.

The announcement comes after another possible successor to Ellis - Paul Maher - took a position as head of television with TVNZ's main rival, MediaWorks.

Kenrick was chief executive at House of Travel from 2008 to 2011.

He has previously held several roles with Telecom NZ from 1999 till 2007 including sales and marketing manager for Xtra, general manager of marketing, general manager of mobile, and eventually served as chief operating officer for Telecom's mass market retail business division.

In a TVNZ statement Kenrick describes himself as a proud Kiwi who has a passion for people, customers and making the most of current and future technologies to enhance the services available to all New Zealanders.

''I'm excited about building on these strong foundations and taking advantage of the new opportunities, like ultra fast broadband, to deliver richer media services to more New Zealanders,'' Kenrick says.

''The future of TVNZ is all about continuing to deliver the news, information, and the great entertainment that Kiwis want to see, all while expanding how this is delivered to every screen, where and when people want to see it.

''It is a great privilege to lead one of New Zealand's most recognisable companies at such a dynamic time for the media industry and with so many fantastic opportunities ahead of us, I can't wait to get started.''

Board chairman Sir John Anderson said the appointment completed a substantial search that attracted an extremely talented group of applicants.