Financial services company appoints industry business expert to the board

by NZ Adviser16 May 2016
Global Finance has appointed industry business expert Mike Skilling to the GFS board. 

Global Financial Services Managing Director, Ajay Kumar said, “Mike’s appointment follows nine months of intensive organisational development work at GFS and the timing is excellent as we look to springboard off this work in the 2016 financial year.

"The depth and breadth of experience Mike has across retail, private, rural and business banking sectors, together with insurance, managed funds and finance companies means his contribution to the governance of GFS will be immense and we are very pleased to have him as part of our team.”

Skilling is a well-regarded professional director currently serving on several company boards in New Zealand including SBS Bank.

He has held a number of executive roles at the BNZ including the general manager of business and rural banking.

He has also held the role of general manager customer service at PGC Wrightson one of NZ’s leading providers to the agricultural sector. He was a founding director of The ICEHOUSE and Board Member and Trustee for eight years.

He has been a judge of the Auckland Business Awards through the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) as well as the Indian Business Awards. He is a fellow of financial services institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors. 

Skilling joins another well-known industry professional, Darrin Franks, on the board making for a solid level and broad range of financial service expertise to help guide GFS on the next stage of its strategic development.

"Franks has been providing management and strategy consultancy to GFS since August of 2015 and we are pleased to confirm his ongoing commitment to GFS at this level,” said Kumar.  

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