Hobson Leavy Recruits CEO for Smales Farm

August 17, 2016 – Executive search firm Hobson Leavy has recruited Paul Gunn as chief executive officer of Smales Farm.

Mr. Gunn will be tasked with leading the organization through a period of transformational growth, that includes development of its new business and lifestyle precinct and innovative B:HIVE building.

Mr. Gunn has more than 18 years of experience in the wider property industry and is currently general property manager at Tramco Group, where he manages several major portfolios. He previously held senior roles at William Land Limited, and law firms Russell VcVeagh and Bell Gully, where he specialized in property and construction law.

Smales Farm chairman Ian Braddock said that Mr. Gunn has a diverse range of skills across the property industry and the board is delighted at the appointment. “Paul’s focus, drive and passion for the industry will help us realize our strategic objective to create a world class innovative, sustainable and interactive urban community on the Smales Farm site,” said Mr. Braddock. “He has a proven track record of motivating those around him and delivering results and we’re excited that he will be leading us through this phase of growth.”


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“Smales Farm has an exciting vision for its future that will truly shape the commercial property space in New Zealand,” said Mr. Gunn. “I am delighted to take up this new position and am looking forward to leading the team and delivering on the exciting opportunities that the business has developed.”

Smales Farm is a commercial precinct on Auckland’s North Shore devoted to the cultivation of smart businesses, their people and their ideas. With a strong, sustainable community at its core, Smales Farm’s open spaces, access to transport, green technology and dynamic buildings are people-focused, encouraging innovative interaction.

Hobson Leavy is an executive search firm that focuses on CEO and executive level and non-executive director appointments across all sectors in New Zealand. The firm has completed searches in sectors ranging from agriculture to wealth management.

Just recently, the firm placed Gus Gilmore as CEO for Manukau Institute of Technology as well as Paul FitzPatrick as CEO of Auckland Heart Group.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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