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Workshop 1

Effective Strategic Planning in a Dynamic Business Environment

7.30am - 9.30am, Thursday 7 July 2011, Ballroom, Stamford Plaza, Auckland

Valuable Advice from Workshop 1

A rapidly changing business environment is both an opportunity and a threat. Some companies thrive in changing times while others fall behind. The key is creating and executing an effective strategic plan against a backdrop of rapid change:

  • Creating a competitive advantage in changing times
  • Effective execution of the plan
  • On-going monitoring and review of the plan
  • Maintaining adaptability and flexibility
  • Using business intelligence effectively
  • Seizing the moment


Nigel Morrison
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Nigel Morrison has over 20 years experience in the gaming industry throughout Australasia and Asia. He was appointed as CEO of SKYCITY Entertainment Group early in 2008, drawn to the challenge of turning around its fortunes. Nigel is the SKYCITY Managing Director.

SKYCITY operates casino entertainment complexes in Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown in New Zealand and in Adelaide and Darwin in Australia; including a variety of industry leading restaurants and bars, award-winning luxury hotels and convention facilities, as well as Auckland’s landmark tourist attraction the Sky Tower.

With a strong financial and analytical background to date Nigel has focused on redesigning the organisation’s strategic direction, implementing the right structure and making the necessary management changes and appointments required to drive the company’s vision and values.

Prior to his involvement with SKYCITY, Nigel was the Group Chief Financial Officer of Galaxy Entertainment Group in Macau, a publicly-listed Hong Kong-based group operating and developing casinos in Macau.

He has also held the following positions; Chief Executive of the Federal Group, Australia’s largest private gaming group, Chief Operating Officer of Crown Limited, and Corporate Finance Partner with Ernst and Young, where he specialised in the gaming industry.

In 2009, Nigel was awarded CPA Australia’s highest acknowledgement for career achievement.

View the interview with Nigel Morrison of SKYCITY Entertainment Group here

Simon Moutter
Chief Executive Officer, Auckland International Airport Limited

Simon Moutter joined Auckland Airport as Chief Executive Officer in August 2008. He is focused on expanding the company’s capability to help grow travel, trade and tourism in both New Zealand and Australia through its ownership stakes in Auckland, Queenstown, Cairns and Mackay Airports.

Prior to this Simon was Chief Operating Officer at Telecom New Zealand. During his nine years at Telecom, Simon managed almost all of the major components of Telecom’s business at one time or another including Network, Operations, Customer Service, Sales and Marketing across the Telecom, Xtra, Gen-i and Ferrit brands.

Simon’s time at Telecom was preceded by 13 years in the electricity and gas industries where Simon worked in various senior management positions in the energy sector in Taranaki including CEO of Powerco Ltd and Station Manager at the New Plymouth Power Station. He also ran his own engineering consulting and contracting company.

Simon is a 51 year old New Zealander who has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Canterbury University and a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics, from Massey University.

For fun he rides off-road motorbikes, takes lots of photos and makes home movies of his kids, cheers on a racehorse he has a stake in and hangs out with his family.

View the interview with Simon Moutter of Auckland International Airport here

Susan Paterson
Professional Director

Susan has been a professional director for the past 15 years. Having trained and practised as a pharmacist, Susan completed an MBA at London Business School.

Susan then worked in management roles in New Zealand and the UK. She worked overseas for 10 years including in strategy consulting for Boston based Index Group throughout Europe and USA.

Susan is Deputy Chair of Airways Corporation and Chairman of Theta Systems Ltd. Her current directorships include the Electricity Authority, Goodman NZ, Abano Healthcare Ltd, Housing NZ and Les Mills NZ Ltd.

Previous Directorships include Ports of Auckland Ltd, Transpower NZ Ltd, Auckland Regional Holdings, Tower Health and Life, and America’s Cup Village Ltd.

Susan has a keen interest in education and the environment, she is Chairman of the NZ Eco-Labelling Trust, and Auckland Hockey, and a past Board Member of St. Cuthbert’s College and EECA, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

View the interview with Susan Paterson here