Interim Retirement Commissioner Peter Cordtz welcomes the appointment of Jane Wrightson to the role, announced today by the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hon. Kris Faafoi.
Cordtz has been filling the role of Retirement Commissioner on a temporary basis since December 2018. Wrightson will take up the job from February 2020.
“I’m looking forward to meeting with Jane soon to begin the handover process,” says Cordtz. “Jane’s appointment will enable me to step back to my other role as GM Communities and return to devoting my time fully to this area of our work.”
Cordtz said the staff at his office, the Commission for Financial Capability, were also looking forward to meeting Wrightson and working with her from February.
Wrightson is currently the Chief Executive of NZ On Air, which allocates money to a wide variety of local media content, from TV and radio to digital.
In his announcement of Wrightson's appointment, Minister Faafoi said she had "strong leadership, management and governance skills which will help champion improved financial capability for all New Zealanders and provide advice on retirement income policy issues."
Wrightson has been appointed for a three-year term, beginning on 10 February 2020.
The Minister thanked Cordtz (right) for the leadership and professionalism he had demonstrated in the Retirement Commissioner’s role since the end of June.
“Mr Cordtz will continue in this role until February next year, providing essential continuity for staff and their important work programme. That work includes the Retirement Income Policy review, which provides important input into the development of Government policy. I look forward to receiving the recommendations from the review later this year," said the Minister.
Background on Jane Wrightson
Jane Wrightson has been the Chief Executive of NZ On Air since 2007.
Before that she was Chief Executive of the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) and Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
From 1991 to 1993, Ms Wrightson was New Zealand’s eighth Chief Censor and our first woman Chief Censor when the Films, Videos, and Publications Act became law.
She is also a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a trustee of the Digital Media Trust, which set up the NZ screen history and culture site, ‘NZ On Screen’.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Victoria University, as well as a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Massey University.
She was a finalist in the 2018 Women of Influence Awards (Board and Management category).