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Joan Withers Appointed New Chair of TVNZ

Ms Joan Withers is the new Chair of Television New Zealand (TVNZ). The appointment was announced by the NZ Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams.

Ms Withers is a highly experienced director, having held several challenging and high profile positions in some of New Zealand’s most iconic companies. The Minister said that her background and expertise in media positions her well to take the helm of TVNZ at a time when it’s growing its online presence and added that “As Deputy Chair of the TVNZ Board since 2009, Ms Withers brought continuity, solid industry knowledge and significant governance leadership experience to the role.”

Currently the Chair of Mighty River Power, Ms Withers sits on the board of the ANZ. She formerly chaired Auckland International Airport and was previously Chief Executive of Fairfax Media New Zealand.

Her term runs from 1 May 2015 to 30 April 2016.

Minister Adams thanked the retiring chair, Wayne Walden, for his stewardship of TVNZ over the last four years.