Mitre 10 Executive appointments

By NZHJ September 18, 2015 Industry news

Mitre 10 has announced two senior appointments to its Executive Leadership Team following a thorough search of the marketplace and having considered some highly talented internal candidates.

Matthew Washington is the new Chief Financial Officer. Originally from Canterbury, his career spans 27 years across a number of roles in New Zealand and internationally, in a range of industries including professional services, building products, and retail.

Washington’s most recent role was Chief Financial Officer with Pumpkin Patch, where he worked for 14 years. Prior to that he was a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young in Christchurch and held the role of Finance Manager for Fletcher Wood Panels. Most recently he has been doing consulting assignments helping a number of businesses with such things as developing international business plans through to preparing for listing on the NZ stock exchange.

Mitre 10 says: “While he brings strong professional skills to the role he also has a track record of effectively working with different teams and groups of internal and external stakeholders. He is passionate about customer focused companies and helping develop and implement business strategies, so he will be a great addition to the team as we implement our key projects over the coming years.”

Derek Heard is the new General Manager, Trade. His professional career spans close to 25 years in the furniture, joinery and building/construction sectors.

His early career was spent in the timber industry, moving then to Scott Panel & Hardware in 1999 and remaining in Fletcher Building for 16 years, working in Laminex NZ, PlaceMakers, Fletcher Aluminium and most recently as the NZ Country Manager for Tasman Insulation. 

“Derek’s considerable experience from the yard to the boardroom, across private, shared-ownership and corporate entities, as well as his genuine love of the industry, makes him a welcome addition to the Mitre 10 family,” says Mitre 10.

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