Paterson to lead Connect NZ's southern drive

Paterson to lead Connect NZ's southern drive

UC and voice provider Connect NZ has recruited former Insite general manager Jan Paterson to lead its Christchurch branch.

Paterson was appointed to the general manager role on March 1 and is responsible for the South Island.

“This is a new position. What [Connect NZ is] moving towards is a general manager structure in each branch, with a CEO based in Auckland,” she says.

The company has branches in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

Paterson finished at Insite on February 28 after 17 years with the company.

“The key reason for my appointment [at Connect NZ] is to work with the team to increase the sales and output of the branch for South Island customers. We’ll be looking at significantly increasing our business and profile.”

Connect NZ has 15 Christchurch-based staff. Paterson says she was attracted to the company because it is locally-owned.

“They have a significant history in the New Zealand market across lots of different segments. My background had been in IT hardware so it is exciting for me to come into a company that is well established in voice, audiovisual and services. That represents an opportunity for me to develop the unified communications concept.”

Karl Rosnell has moved to Auckland to take on the CEO role at Connect NZ, effective 1 April. He was previously the Wellington general manager and has been with the company since 1997.

Rosnell declined to comment at this stage, saying he preferred to provide an update in April.

Connect NZ moved to new premises in Auckland last March. At the time, former managing director Brent Page said he planned for future growth to increase staff numbers from 75 up to 100.

A design and build for its Hamilton office was completed at the end of 2009. The Wellington office was refurbished and Christchurch staff moved to new premises this year.

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