Chamber appoints new CEO

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The Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Board has appointed former Head of Jetstar New Zealand Grant Kerr to lead the chamber.

President Lees Seymour said the chamber conducted a rigorous selection process.

“We are very happy with the caliber of applicants that we had and Grant shone through as the best of the best.”

Grant has extensive business experience in a range of industries including three years as Head of Jetstar New Zealand which expanded significantly into regional centres under his leadership. Prior to taking up his role with Jetstar, Grant was General Manager of Air Nelson.

“He has worked with many regions across New Zealand, understands our region exceptionally well and is passionate about making our region an even better place to do business and to live,’’ says Lees.

Grant says he is looking forward to starting his new role on February 7.

“The Nelson Tasman region is an exciting place to live. Having lived here for over 7 years, my goal is to work locally, share my experience with other organisations and engage with businesses to ensure they are well represented. Above all I want to ensure the region continues to prosper and grow by being a significant contributor,” says Grant.

The first chamber luncheon of 2017 on February 21 will be a chance for business owners and the wider business community to meet and engage with Grant.