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New role for Dunedin Chamber boss

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 17:00 26/08/2014
John Christie
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Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie has been appointed director of Enterprise Dunedin.

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Long-standing Otago Chamber of Commerce boss John Christie has been named the city's new marketing and tourism chief.

After 21 years with the chamber, chief executive Christie has been appointed new director of Enterprise Dunedin, the city's recently-formed marketing and tourism agency, responsible for the economic development and marketing of the city.

"I have a passion for Dunedin and have really enjoyed working to grow local businesses," Christie said.

"This position takes my interest and involvement to another level in terms of opportunities around economic development and the growth of the city."

Christie has been the Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive since July 1995. He was closely involved with the development of Dunedin's economic development strategy and has a key role in projects such as Project Shanghai and China.

Dunedin City Council chief executive officer Dr Sue Bidrose said she was delighted with the appointment.

"It's fantastic to have someone in this role who is so familiar with the economic base of the city and who has made such a great contribution already to business growth and the tourism sector."

Otago Chamber of Commerce chairwoman Ali Copeman said under Christie's leadership, the chamber had grown from a small organisation to the second largest chamber in the country.

"His contribution has been huge. Whether we're talking about small operators or large corporates, John has always fought long and hard for businesses in Otago."

Christie, who has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago, has held a range of directorships related to economic development, education, health and major event management.

He won the Enterprise Dunedin role over 36 other applicants and will take up the position in late October.

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- The Southland Times

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