Two-way radio specialist Tait Communications appoints Garry Diack as CEO

Businessman with long career in corporate performance improvement to oversee the company’s strategy shift to software solutions and support services

Two-way radio specialist Tait Communications appoints Garry Diack as CEO

Tait Communications has appointed experienced business leader Garry Diack as chief executive officer of the New Zealand critical communications company (pictured above).

Tait said in a statement issued today (29 September 2014) that Diack brings strong leadership and a wealth of governance and management expertise to the company. He has a 25-year career as an advisor in corporate performance improvement, governance and growth-related strategies in New Zealand and offshore.

He has served as a Trustee of the Contel Charitable Trust, one of the owners of Tait Communications, since 2007. Diack’s advisory roles have included News Limited (now News Corp Australia) and PMP Limited.

He was also involved in the merger activities, which led to the creation of Fonterra in2001 and, as interim CEO, led state owned Enterprise Solid Energy through a period of challenging market conditions last year.

Diack replaces former CEO Frank Owen, who stepped down in April 2014. David Wade, Tait Communications acting CEO will remain with the company. Diack’s appointment is effective immediately.

Chairman of the Board, Peter van Rij, said: “Garry’s appointment is exciting for us and a significant addition to Tait, as we continue our tradition of innovating in the global market place.

“Garry will lead Tait Communications’ shift to software solutions and support services as part of our global growth strategy. “We’re grateful for the energy and commitment of all our employees during our search for a new leader, and would like to thank David Wade for his excellent leadership.”

Diack said: “Tait is a business with such immense potential. It is endowed with great people and its excellent track record of international performance has clearly secured its status as an iconic brand for Christchurch and New Zealand. I am privileged to have secured this position and very excited to have a leadership role in its ongoing success.”

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