Workplace Savings NZ chief, Bruce Kerr, has put his resignation on hold for up to three months as the industry organisation continues the search for his successor.
Kerr, who announced his departure last August at the Workplace Savings conference, was originally due to wrap up his 12-year stint in charge on December 19 last year.
However, he has since signed a contract with the industry body to stay in the role for a maximum three-month period.
“The Workplace Savings council is going through the process of finding an appropriate person for the job,” Kerr said. “But it’s a difficult role to fill. While they’re open and flexible about the hours, it’s not easy to find someone with the right combination of experience and skills in the industry.”
He said the Workplace Savings board was also considering broader structural issues in the industry that may affect the role.
In the interim, Kerr will continue pushing the Workplace Savings agenda with a major focus on the ongoing implementation of the Financial Markets Conduct Act (FMC).
“Our biggest priority is to continue working with MBIE [the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment], and other government agencies including the Financial Markets Authority to iron out any wrinkles in the FMC,” he said. “We want to make sure the industry has a better ride through the transition.”