Board of Directors

Mark Verbiest: Chairman, Non-Executive Director

Mark VerbiestMark Verbiest was appointed Chairman of Telecom in December 2011. Mark is Chairman of Transpower New Zealand Limited, Willis Bond Capital Partners Limited and Willis Bond General Partner Limited, a director of Freightways Limited, a board member of the Financial Markets Authority, Chairman of the Aspiring Foundation Trust and a trustee for the NZ International Festival of the Arts Trust. He is also a consultant to law firm Simpson Grierson. He was a member of Telecom's senior executive team from late 2000 through to June 2008 as Group General Counsel and executive responsible for Telecom International and Yellow Pages Group (prior to its sale) and, prior to 2000, a senior partner in Simpson Grierson specialising in mergers and acquisitions and securities, competition and utilities-related law. Mark has a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington.

Murray Horn: Non-Executive Director

Murray Horn Dr Murray Horn joined the board in July 2007. Murray chairs the Government's National Health Board, the New Zealand Health Innovation Hub, Wynyard Group Limited and Marisco Properties Limited and previously held a number of senior executive roles with ANZ Banking Group, including leading the group's New Zealand operations. He was secretary to the New Zealand Treasury and has served on a number of boards, including the New Zealand Tourism Board. He has represented New Zealand at the OECD, as a governor at the World Bank and as an alternate director at the International Monetary Fund. Murray received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1989 and has been awarded a number of academic honours in both New Zealand and the United States. Murray was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Ido Leffler: Non-Executive Director

Kevin Roberts Ido Leffler is the Co-founder & CEO at Yoobi, a new school supplies company that engages kids through bright colours, cool designs, and most importantly, cause. Yoobi is sold exclusively at Target (USA) stores nationwide. For every Yoobi item purchased, Yoobi distributes an item to a classroom in need, in the USA. By 2015, Yoobi aims to impact more than 30,000 classrooms, with the goal of changing the lives of over 750,000 kids. Ido is also Co-Founder of San Francisco based Yes To Inc. (the makers of Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes To Blueberries and Yes To Grapefruit). Yes To is one of the leading natural beauty brands in the world (Yes To ™ is the # 2 natural beauty brand in the USA) with distribution in over 25,000 stores in over 20 countries (including Target, WalMart, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, Ahold, Ulta, Whole Foods Market, Boots UK etc). Ido sits on numerous corporate/advisory boards including The United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneur Council & The Dell Global EIR Advisory Board. Ido attended the University of Technology Sydney where he earned his Bachelor of Business in Marketing & International Business.

Charles Sitch: Non-Executive Director

Charles SitchCharles Sitch has been a member of the Telecom Board since December 2011. Charles retired from the international management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, in 2010. He joined McKinsey & Company in 1987 and in 2000 became a senior director, primarily working with CEOs and Boards on strategy and operations turnarounds. His practice has been focused on telecommunications, consumer services, retail, banking, travel and entertainment. Since 2006 he has been involved in various new business ventures. He is a member of the board of Trinity College at Melbourne University and the Robin Boyd Foundation and a committee member of the Melbourne Cricket Club. He was previously an advisory director of Bkk Partners an investment bank. Charles holds a MBA from Columbia Business School and a LLB, BCom from Melbourne University.

Justine Smyth: Non-Executive Director

Justine SmythJustine Smyth has been a member of the Telecom Board since December 2011. Justine is a director of Auckland International Airport Limited, a board member of the Financial Markets Authority, Chair of The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and former Deputy Chair of New Zealand Post Limited. She is also owner and Executive Director of a manufacturing and wholesale clothing company. Justine is a former Chair of the Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk sub-committee of NZ Post Limited and her background includes being Group Finance Director of Lion Nathan Limited and former partner of Deloitte. She has experience in governance, mergers & acquisitions, taxation and financial performance of large corporate enterprises and the acquisition, ownership, management and sale of small and medium enterprises.

Paul Berriman: Non-Executive Director

Paul BerrimanPaul Berriman has been a member of the Telecom Board since December 2011. Paul is the Chief Technology Officer of the HKT Trust, the telecommunications arm of PCCW, which was spun off and listed in November 2011 and is Hong Kong's largest telecommunications company. Prior to the spin-off, he was Chief Technology Officer of PCCW Group and he continues to lead the group's product and technology roadmap and strategic developments. He has over 25 years of experience in telecommunications, especially in IPTV, mobile TV, media convergence and quadruple-play. Prior to joining PCCW in 2002 as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Marketing, he was Managing Director of management consultancy Arthur D. Little in Hong Kong and was involved in telecommunications consultancy projects globally. Previously he also held executive, technical, engineering and operations management roles in Reuters and several major Hong Kong service providers including the Hong Kong Telephone Company and Hong Kong Telecom CSL. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electroacoustics from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong. He is a Chartered Engineer, formerly a member of Intel's Communications Board of Advisors and was a member of the board of directors of the International Engineering Consortium. He has been a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors since 1997 and has been a member of Hong Kong Telecom Regulator, OFTA's Technical Standards Advisory Committee for over 12 years.

Maury Leyland: Non-Executive Director

Maury LeylandMaury Leyland has been a member of the Telecom Board since December 2011. Maury has been a senior executive at Fonterra since 2005 and is currently Group Director Strategy. Previous roles within Fonterra have included Programme Director of a major transformation programme, General Manager New Zealand Logistics and Associate Director Strategy and Growth. Prior to joining Fonterra, she spent nine years with the Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant working with large companies in New Zealand and Australia. Maury was previously a director at Transpower New Zealand Limited. She was also a member of both the design and sailing team for Team New Zealand during the successful 1995 America's Cup campaign in San Diego. Maury is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland. Maury has a Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Science, First Class Honours from Auckland University.

Simon Moutter: Chief Executive Officer

Simon MoutterSimon Moutter has been a member of the Telecom Board since August 2012. As CEO, Simon is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the company that provides mobile, broadband and IT services to more than two million New Zealanders every day. Simon spent nearly 15 years in the energy sector where he worked in various senior positions, including CEO of Powerco Limited and Station Manager at the New Plymouth Power Station. He also ran his own engineering consultancy and contracting company before first joining Telecom in 1999. After nine years' service Simon left in 2008 to lead the successful transformation of Auckland Airport as Chief Executive before returning to Telecom in 2012. He has a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics, from Massey University, and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Canterbury University.

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