Dunedin Venues Management Ltd spent $51,307.45 on an
international search to replace former chief executive David
Davies that eventually led back to one of the company's own, it
has been confirmed.
The company last month announced DVML operations director
Darren Burden had been appointed to replace Mr Davies as
Figures released to the Otago Daily Times this week -
following an official information request - showed DVML spent
$51,307.45 on the search, involving 109 candidates including
90 from outside New Zealand.
That included the cost of using Select Recruitment, of
Dunedin, to conduct the recruitment drive, although DVML
chairman Sir John Hansen would not release a breakdown of
The bill was less than the $66,571.90 spent by the Dunedin
City Council in 2009 to recruit Mr Davies, which involved 84
candidates from within New Zealand and abroad.
However, it appeared DVML could recoup some of the cost of
the latest recruitment drive from savings made by appointing
Mr Davies was on an annual salary of up to $250,000,
including an at-risk portion linked to performance, and would
not receive a final payout "beyond his normal remuneration",
Sir John said.
Mr Burden would be on an annual salary of $200,000, with a
$25,000 at-risk portion on top, which reflected his "valuable
yet different" skills and experience, Sir John said.
Unlike the hunt that led to Mr Davies in 2009, candidates
making the shortlist earlier this year had not been flown to
Dunedin for interviews, Sir John said.
Instead, all those from outside Dunedin were interviewed over
the internet, using Skype, he said.
Initially, 26 candidates - including 21 from abroad - were
shortlisted for interviews and testing, he said.
That list was later reduced to 13 - including eight
international candidates - before being whittled down again
to the final five candidates, including two from abroad and
three within New Zealand, he said.
Mr Burden's appointment was announced on September 3 and he
began his new role on September 24.
Mr Davies flew out last Friday.