Mayor of South Waikato District Jenny Shattock is delighted to announce the appointment of Ben Smit as the Council's new Chief Executive.
Ben has been Deputy Chief Executive of the Council since 2013, having been responsible for a number of key strategic projects and partnerships throughout the region in that time.
"Ben has a deep connection with the South Waikato region, and has proven himself as an excellent leader and skilled financial manager. We know he will be a huge asset to our region in his new role," said Mayor Shattock.
A trained accountant, Ben has previously been a chief financial officer in the private sector, and has high level leadership experience as the former chief executive of QE Health in Rotorua. Ben has been with the South Waikato District Council since 2010 in his role as Corporate Group Manager and for the past five years as Deputy Chief Executive.
"His work on the concept, business case and build of the $2.5m Road & Rail Terminal in Tokoroa has brought significant economic benefits to the region and is just one example of his strong commercial nous."
"He also has a great ability to engage and lead within our communities, as seen in his work with the Putaruru Moving Forward group and the Tirau Community Board, as well as his fostering of iwi relationships with the council."
Mr Smit, who has been Acting Chief Executive role since October, will commence his new role immediately, and says he is excited about the opportunities ahead.
"I'm extremely proud to accept the role, and excited to continue building successful partnerships with the community, iwi and private stakeholders."
"I'm looking forward to working with our Council and Elected Members to encourage economic growth, develop resilient infrastructure, and deliver excellent services to our community."
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