Alliance Group has appointed Auckland businesswoman
Vanessa Stoddart as its third independent director.
Ms Stoddart has held various senior management positions with
high-profile companies including Air New Zealand and Carter
She is also an independent director of The Warehouse Group
Ltd, Paymark Ltd and the New Zealand Refining Company.
There was considerable interest in the vacancy, caused by the
retirement of Owen Poole last year and an attempt was made to
get Fonterra director John Monaghan on to the board.
A non-binding shareholders' resolution to have Mr Monaghan
appointed was passed at the company's annual meeting.
Alliance Group chairman Murray Taggart later said he had
withdrawn from the independent director appointment process
while Mr Monaghan maintained he had not.
The board had also been approached about increasing the
number of independent directors from three to four.
While there was provision in the company's constitution to do
so, it decided the current mix of six elected and three
appointed directors was appropriate.
In a statement yesterday, Mr Taggart said Ms Stoddart had
''outstanding credentials'', with a diverse commercial
background and strength in the development and implementation
of corporate strategies.
Dunedin-born and bred, Ms Stoddart has both commerce and law
Her 25 years' experience in the legal, manufacturing,
packaging, aviation and engineering sectors include positions
as chief executive of Carter Holt Harvey's Australian
packaging business and as a senior solicitor at Russell
Until last year, she was group general manager, people and
technical operations, at Air New Zealand.
Ms Stoddart felt ''privileged and excited'' about the
opportunity to join Alliance Group.
''As a passionate New Zealander, I'm keen to work with
brands, companies and industries at the heart of New
''I have been fortunate to work with great leaders throughout
my career and I am looking forward to using what I have
learnt to benefit the board and Alliance Group strategically
and operationally,'' she said.
Ms Stoddart, whose father was employed in the meat industry
for some years, joins fellow independent directors Graeme
Milne (Cambridge) and John Waller (Auckland) and six supplier