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Gattung CNZM

Leading NZ business personality.


Theresa Gattung is a leading New Zealand business personality and accomplished international speaker. Named in Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 most powerful women in international business several times since 2002, she was also included in Forbes’ list of the world’s 50 most powerful women across any sphere in 2006.

Current work
As a leading New Zealand business personality and best-selling author, Theresa is regularly called on to speak at a range of events.

She draws on her experience as a professional director and as the former CEO and Managing Director of Spark (formerly Telecom), to provide inspiring and memorable addresses - on topics such as leadership, marketing and branding, business transformation, ambition and success.

Theresa has a professional background spanning financial services, telecommunications and agriculture, and is truly passionate about business. She currently holds a number of governance positions, including Chair of AIA Australia, Telco Technology Services and the Wellington SPCA.

Theresa is a co-founder of My Food Bag which was launched in March 2013 - she takes an active role in the management, marketing and direction of the company, which is growing at a rapid pace.



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Thank you for your presentation to and discussion with participants in the Public Sector Advanced Leadership Programme last Thursday. All of us appreciated your energy, your grounded wisdom about people and organisations and your insights into your own leadership journey, from those formative experiences at home through to the transition from CEO to Board member and Chair. I particularly appreciated your views on the challenges that public sector leaders face in securing durable commitment to decisions and in gaining public recognition of our successes. I could tell from the atmosphere you created in the room and the lively chatter at the end that your insights into authentic leadership, finding the right people to work for and with, and being clear about what you stand for and are seeking to achieve really struck a chord. Leadership Development Centre
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