Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH : Tracey Berry: Saving Kiwis

Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH : Tracey Berry: Saving Kiwis

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Tracey Berry would really like to see New Zealanders shift from being a nation of great borrowers to being great savers.

a[euro]I think ita[euro]s critical for the long-term prospects of the country a[euro]" not to mention the individual. I have a big drive around increasing financial literacy in New Zealand a[euro]" most would agree ita[euro]s not at the level it should be.a[euro]

Ita[euro]s that kind of passion for the work she does as general manager, wealth at Kiwibank that has helped earn the 34-year-old mother of three the accolade of NZIM/Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year, Central Region. Responsible for developing, leading and managing the banka[euro]s wealth investment business as well as growing its insurance portfolios in line with the businessa[euro] overall strategic direction, shea[euro]s had just 12 months in the role but already gained a reputation for getting things done.

For Berry ita[euro]s more about building business than simply managing it a[euro]" and she applies a combination of strategic thinking and consistent execution.

a[euro]Ita[euro]s about taking a concept, whether ita[euro]s mine or somebody elsea[euro]s and making it real. The world is full of good thinkers, but the proof is in the delivery a[euro]" ita[euro]s all very well having a great idea but ita[euro]s useless if you do nothing with it.a[euro]

She describes her management style as collaborative and transparent.

a[euro]I like to ensure communication is at a very strong level so people feel engaged in the process and have ownership in the outcomes. …

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