DVML business development chief appointed

Kim Dodds
Kim Dodds
The company running Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium has appointed a new business development manager as part of a push to secure more bookings.

Kim Dodds, a projects co-ordinator with Catlins Coast Incorporated, was responsible for implementing the Catlins tourism strategy, but would take up her new role with Dunedin Venues Management Ltd today.

She would oversee DVML's meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions business, and management of DVML's suite of venues, including the stadium and refurbished Dunedin Centre, chief executive Terry Davies said.

''We have the most outstanding event facilities in the city and Kim's enthusiasm and expertise will ensure their maximum potential is realised,'' he said.

Her appointment came after Mr Davies in July confirmed DVML was shedding six staff, but recruiting four more, as part of a push to sharpen its commercial focus.

The restructure was designed to shift the company from a start-up business focused on operational issues to one that was more commercially driven.

The changes were being staggered over a few months, but would reduce DVML's overall staff from 27 to 25.

-chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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