New Invercargill Licensing Trust chief executive appointed
Invercargill Licensing Trust sales and marketing manager Chris Ramsay has been named as the organisation's new chief executive.
He will replace current chief executive Greg Mulvey from December 31.
Mulvey announced his retirement in July after 40 years with the trust.
Ramsay said he was "humbled" to be chosen to lead the organisation into the future.
"It is something I've been working towards. Once Greg announced his retirement, I never hid the fact I'd be applying for it."
Mulvey had been "one hell of a mentor" to him, Ramsay said.
The organisation had been incredibly well set up, thanks for Mulvey and the board, so his first priority going into the role was the new hotel to be built on the corner of Dee and Don streets.
"Priority number one is that it will be built on time and on budget."
He is a third generation trust employee – his grandad Raymond was a barman at the Avenal and his mother Marjorie waitressed at the Ascot Park Hotel.
Recruitment for a new sales and marketing manager would begin soon, he said.
"I'm incredibly lucky to have a stable and extremely talented executive in place. The priority now is finding my replacement who will complement our existing team."
Mulvey said he was "personally delighted" to learn of his successor.
"Chris has a deep understanding of the ILT's role in the community and, most importantly, how that might evolve in the future. He's got a natural empathy with this community having been raised here himself," he said.
"He will bring a new energy, vision and direction which is critical to address inevitable change as the world itself changes."