CINZ names new chief

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has announced the appointment of Lisa Hopkins as its new CEO.

Hopkins will replace Sue Sullivan in the top job, who announced her resignation in September.

Previously the vice president and managing director across the Asia Pacific for BCD Meetings and Events in Singapore, Hopkins is a member of the Asia Pacific Advisory Board for international business events network PCMA.

She has also held senior leadership roles with Cievents and Carlson Marketing in Singapore and New Zealand, and for the past decade she has been invited to speak at key industry events across Australia, Singapore, India, and China.

In New Zealand, she worked as the director of the APEC Task Force for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade when New Zealand hosted the 1999 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.

CINZ chair Tony Gardner said Hopkins’ broad, international experience working with clients and dealing with global industry topics will be invaluable for its members and stakeholders as New Zealand moves to a new level of competition on the world stage.

“She is a warm, relatable person who connects naturally and is looking forward to seeing how CINZ can provide even more value to our members,” he said.

Commenting on her appointment, Hopkins said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play a leadership role in an industry I am deeply passionate about, with a team who I know are committed to its growth and development.”

“Having spent the past eight years working with the exceptional leaders and teams at BCD Meetings and Events, I have been given a global perspective of the importance of what we do.

“Our industry encourages people to collaborate and make impactful decisions, exchange information which can save a life and share experiences that open the mind to a whole new world.

“I can’t wait to apply this to CINZ as we continue to make the business of business events, stronger, sustainable and always relevant.”

Hopkins will begin her new role as the boss of CINZ based in Auckland on 3 February 2020.