Kordia is wholly-owned by the Crown but is not part of the public service. We are a state-owned enterprise (SOE), a commercial entity. Our shareholders are the Minister of Finance and the Minister for State-Owned Enterprises, on behalf of the Crown.
Increasing the value of shareholder investment shapes our business strategy. Business policies are designed to maximise the net present value (cash inflows over time, minus cash outflows) of future earnings, based on a long-term perspective of those earnings.
Although we are an SOE, we operate as a commercial entity with the purpose of making a profit.
The Kordia board have oversight of three committees: Audit & Risk, People & Culture, and Health & Safety.
Shaun (BA(Hons)) comes to Kordia from Renaissance Corporation, where he was acting CEO for the past year and CFO for the last two years. There he led a strong team and was instrumental in the transformation of loss-making subsidiaries into profitable businesses.
Prior to his tenure at Renaissance, Shaun acquired extensive experience in the telco industry with senior roles in both New Zealand and U.K. telecommunication companies. Before immigrating to New Zealand, he started his career in the communications industry with British Telecom and 02 in the late 1990s.
Catherine (BCom(Hons), CA) has over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications, construction and engineering industries across New Zealand and Australia. She draws on her extensive experience in finance to drive clear insights around what makes the business more competitive and what delivers value to the shareholder in a rapidly changing market.
Her role includes accountability for Treasury, accounting, and tax, to pursue the company’s growth strategy and meet investors’ expectations. Catherine trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen.
Sheridan Broadbent (BCom, Harvard Business School AMP) is an experienced director and senior executive, with a background in leading utilities, contracting, energy and ICT businesses across New Zealand and Australia.
She is the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum, a director of Transpower, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.
Sophie is a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors and has a BCom and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from The University of Melbourne. Over her executive career, Sophie has worked with a diverse range of companies across New Zealand and Australia developing extensive M&A, innovation and growth strategy experience.
She held senior positions at Citibank NA, ANZ Investment Bank, Ernst & Young and New Zealand Post and is currently Chair of The MetService and Deputy Chair of CentrePort. Sophie is also an Independent Director of Livestock Improvement Corporation (NZX:LIC), Oyster Property Group and Rangatira Investments. Sophie is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Peter Ennis is an experienced senior media and technology executive with extensive international senior leadership experience in media and broadcast, technology, distribution, business development and sales. He heads up a media and technology consultancy providing M&A and business optimisation expertise to clients in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
He is a former CTO, Operations Director and main Board Director of the TV3 Group, the Irish national commercial broadcaster. He headed up the Technology function in TVNZ, then served as CTO at Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) in Qatar, heading up all technology and operational aspects of AJMN globally. Most recently Peter was Senior Vice President of Global Services and Delivery at Avid Technology Inc, a US publicly-quoted media technology provider, where he also served on the Executive Leadership Team. Peter Chairs Kordia Group's People and Culture Committee.
Ben is a globally recognised expert in cloud computing, enterprise technology, and digital transformation.
Ben has served on the advisory boards of technology companies and has previously won the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award. He currently sits on the boards of several non-profit and privately held companies in New Zealand, including the Ᾱkina Foundation, UniMed, Pegasus Health, Cactus Outdoor and Paenga Kupenga Limited. Ben is a member of Kordia’s People & Culture Committee.
Sue O’Connor is a respected business leader with more than 25 years’ experience in executive leadership roles. Sue has served as a Chair, Director and senior executive with ASX Top 10 and unlisted global organisations as well as high profile government GBEs and not for profits. Sue is currently also Director of Bush Heritage Australia.
Prior to joining the Kordia Group Board, Sue spent 13 years at Telstra Corporation as a senior executive. Her company leadership values include a commitment to ensuring communities are prosperous, equitable and sustainable. Sue is a member of Kordia's Audit & Risk Committee.
Tony’s marketing and broadcasting career spans many years, holding several key commercial roles at SKY TV plus Director of Communications and Director of Regulatory & Corporate Affairs. Tony has been a member of the Advertising Standards Authority, the Online Media Standards Authority and the Broadcasting Sector Advisory Group for the Digital Television Switchover. He chaired the Government Marketing & Communications Committee from 2010 to 2014.
Tony is a Director of Antarctica New Zealand and a Trustee of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute. He was previously a Director of Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Ltd and served on the Board of the Health Promotion Agency. Tony is chair of Kordia’s Health & Safety Committee.