CEO Appointed


Bryan Pearson becomes CEO for four venues from 1 March 2006


Christchurch businessman Bryan Pearson brings international focus and strong strategic development background to new role heading the city’s four premier venues



Vbase Venue Management Group Board Chairman Bruce Irvine has announced the appointment of Bryan Pearson as CEO for the four venues presently managed by Vbase and Jade Stadium Ltd. Mr Pearson will take up the position on 1 March 2006.


“This is a new position with the immediate challenge of integrating the management and operations of the Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch Town Hall, Westpac Centre and Jade Stadium,” Mr Irvine said.


“This significant venue infrastructure gives Christchurch a unique advantage within New Zealand. Mr Pearson shares the Board’s vision to develop these assets to gain the very best value for the city and its people, and to attract and create events that can fully realise the potential of these superb venues.”


Mr Irvine said the Board wanted to ensure the strong private enterprise culture developed by NCC (NZ) Ltd continued. “The appointment of Bryan Pearson brings into the company a CEO with strong business credentials, expertise in strategic planning, change management and business development,” Mr Irvine said.


Bryan Pearson (42) began his career in Christchurch.  He has worked extensively in the apparel and retail sectors on both sides of the Tasman in senior corporate roles with an international focus.  Immediately prior to returning to Christchurch in 2003 he was a general manager with Sydney-based Pacific Brands. Since then he has pursued private business interests.


Mr Pearson is non executive chairman of Swanndri NZ Ltd and a non executive director of J Ballantyne & Co Ltd. He will retain these roles.