Tourism Export Council NZ (TECNZ) and AMG columnist CEO Lesley Immink has resigned after six years leading the organisation.
Chairman Martin Horgan this week confirmed the resignation, stating:
“Lesley has been an inspiring leader and shown great vision to strategically develop TECNZ into a position where TECNZ’s profile and influence both within and outside of our industry provides real relevance to our members, the wider industry and in Wellington.”
“Lesley has been a fantastic communicator and networker and those skills and effort have opened many doors and opportunities for TECNZ over the last six years. Her ability to manage independence vs. alignment of our association with many influencers both inside and outside the industry means she leaves the association in a strong position.”
“Her advocacy skills in representing the best interests of the tourism industry will stand her in good stead as she explores a new opportunity in the world of national politics. On behalf of the Board we wish to thank Lesley for her work and commitment to success, and wish her all the very best in her new endeavours.”
Lesley, who has written for Accomnews NZ as a print columnist a number of times, including last month’s New Zealand losing business due to lack of hotel rooms article; will leave in July and Tourism Export Council NZ will immediately implement a recruitment process for a new CEO.