Zealandia interim chief executive named

Last updated 15:32 21/12/2012

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Natasha Petkovic-Jeremic is Zealandia new interim chief executive, replacing Nancy Mcintosh-Ward, who is retiring.

Ms Petkovic-Jeremic, a former manager of Wellington City Councils’ City Arts unit, has more than 15 years of management experience and will begin her six-month contract from January.

Mrs McIntosh-Ward stepped down from the position last month after eight years as a founding trustee and a further 10 as chief executive.

It followed a public struggle for financing after posting a deficit of almost $1.4m for 2011-12, compared with $902,035 the previous year.

She said Ms Petkovic-Jeremic brought with her excellent ‘‘relationship management skills and a diverse background in visitor experience engagement.’’

‘‘She will be an excellent person to assist the organisation in this transition.”

Ms Petkovic-Jeremic has been working with the Karori Sanctuary Trust since 2008 as part of her role as portfolio manager for council-controlled organisations.

“This is an exciting opportunity and I am really looking forward to supporting the transition of the new board and the enhanced partnership model with the Council. Zealandia is a treasured community asset and it is great to be able to contribute to its inspirational vision.” Petkovic-Jeremic said.

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- The Dominion Post

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