New chief for Ngai Tahu Holdings Corp

NEW ROLE: Mike Sang is the new chief executive of Ngai Tahu Holdings Corp.
NEW ROLE: Mike Sang is the new chief executive of Ngai Tahu Holdings Corp.

The commercial arm of South Island iwi Ngai Tahu has appointed Mike Sang as chief executive.

Sang, who has worked in a variety of corporate roles previously, will start in the new chief executive role with Ngai Tahu Holdings Corp in the new year.

Sang takes over from Greg Campbell, who has taken on a role with fertiliser producer Ravensdown.

More recently Sang was an interim chief executive with the iwi, known as Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu (Tront).

Ngai Tahu Holdings Corp chair Trevor Burt announced Sang had agreed to take up the chief executive role.

''Mike recently completed an 18-month contract as chief executive of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and fortunately for us, we have managed to attract him to NTHC where he will bring his commercial acumen to the business side of the organisation,'' Burt said.

''This is a terrific outcome as Mike has all the knowledge of how the tribe operates plus extensive experience as one of New Zealand's top chief financial officers.''

Sang had recently been steering Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu through a period of post-earthquake change and strategic review.

Prior to Te Runanga, he was chief financial officer of NZX-listed PGG Wrightson, during a time of significant structural change for that company.

Other senior positions held by Sang include roles in Airways New Zealand and Enerco NZ.

Burt said Sang had been a stabilising influence in organisations undergoing complex mergers and integration.

''He is able to see things both pragmatically and strategically and has already proven himself to Ngai Tahu, as someone committed to the long-term tribal vision and investment strategy.''

For Ngai Tahu Holdings Corp, Sang's role would be to expand the commercial asset base of the iwi in a manner consistent with the tribe's investment policy framework. This framework balanced risk with opportunity and provided for the long-term wellbeing of Ngai Tahu whanui.

The Press