Sheffield Search Recruits CEO for NETcon

February 13, 2019 – New Zealand-headquartered executive recruiting firm Sheffield Search has recruited John Greenwood as the new CEO of power transmission company NETcon. The assignment was led by Nick Gee, manager of Sheffield’s South Island operation.

NETcon wanted a leader who was tertiary qualified, with prior CEO/GM level experience ideally gained within a contracting/maintenance or infrastructure management related background. Mr. Greenwood fits that bill. With over 35 years’ experience in power utilities, he is a seasoned executive leader with extensive, diverse management skills and a keenly developed understanding of business drivers and change management, said NETcon.

Mr. Greenwood formerly served as CEO of Allied Power Systems NT. He has also served in various C-suite roles with power and water corporations Peak Power Distribution, Network Electrical Servicing and Delta.

In his new role, Mr. Greenwood will be charged with bringing the company to its full potential, said Sheffield Search. He will be expected to help ensure personal safety and the safety of others as a matter of priority, and ensure that all risks are identified and managed. Mr. Greenwood will report monthly to the board, meet regularly with the chairman and other board members as required, prepare a reliable budget and ensure that the board meets statutory requirements, including financial reporting.

In addition, Mr. Greenwood will be responsible for leading business development, identifying and assessing new business opportunities in terms of financial and strategic value, nurturing enduring relationships with key stakeholders and potential customers, and delivering on customer expectations, among a range of other duties.

“This role offers both challenge and great opportunity with the chance to shape an organization as it redefines itself for the future,” said the search firm.


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NETcon, based in Timaru, in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, is part of the Alpine Energy Group. NETcon offers a wide range of contracting services to distribution lines companies, industry and consumers, including overhead, underground and earthing services. The company specializes in design, construction and maintenance for all electrical management and supply requirements.

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Sheffield Search offers solutions in executive search, executive selection, non-executive director search, interim management and leadership, and organizational development. Founded in 1961, the firm has developed networks and expertise to become an adviser to leaders in New Zealand’s private and public sectors. The firm is the exclusive licensee in New Zealand for DDI (Development Dimensions International). Sheffield is a member of AltoPartners Executive Search Worldwide, a network of specialist search and selection firms represented in 29 countries. Sheffield Search has offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Mr. Gee has more than 12 years of experience in human resource consultancy.  He specializes in search and selection assignments that span a wide range of industry sectors at the specialist/technical, senior executive and CEO levels. He also provides leadership and organizational development consultancy, and advises on performance management and psychometric assessment interpretation. Mr. Gee holds a master’s degree from the University of Dundee. He is an accredited DDI facilitator and trainer and a registered psychometric user.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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