Building Industry Federation appoints new CEO

The New Zealand Building Industry Federation announced today that it has appointed Julien Leys, formerly General Manager and Partner of SenateSHJ in Auckland, as its new CEO.

The Chairman of the Federation, Mr Gordon Buswell, said Mr Leys appointment would take effect from 1 April following a decision of the current CEO, Bruce Kohn, to retire from the position for family reasons.

“The construction industry materials and product supply chain is facing a major reform of the Building Act over the next 12 months and this will bring about a period of change in the regulatory environment under which it operates. Reviews of the Building Code, product assurance and the Code Mark system will all impact in a variety of ways on current operating systems.

“We believe Julien’s extensive experience in information supply, advocacy, issues management, strategy implementation and public sector administration provide a great skill set to support members in shaping and adjusting to this new environment.”

The Federation represents the interests of building industry manufacturers, merchant suppliers of goods and services, importers and marketers with a turnover level at retail in excess of $5 billion and is a founding member of the Construction Strategy Group (CSG) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC).

For further information:

Bruce Kohn

Chief Executive

Tel: (04) 386-2793

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