Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: No Need for Cold Calls; Kiwi by Birth, New Yorker by Choice and Climber by Inclination, Phil Veal Is Kea NZ's New Chair

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Managers Abroad: No Need for Cold Calls; Kiwi by Birth, New Yorker by Choice and Climber by Inclination, Phil Veal Is Kea NZ's New Chair

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Byline: Phil Veal

What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand?

I graduated into a fairly barren job market for civil engineers in 1992, so there was a career element to me leaving New Zealand. It also didn't hurt that I had the opportunity to travel and climb in different countries around the world. On the economic front, things are a lot different now. On my frequent trips back, I see hugely encouraging changes. There are a lot more opportunities in New Zealand now, a lot more career paths available, including the rise of younger entrepreneurs. You don't have to get a job out of university -- you can start a business.

How are your experiences overseas shaping your understanding of New Zealand?

Geographical distance has given me a much better appreciation for our qualities, resources and characteristics -- and how fortunate we are. Some of our advantages are down to our small population: because we're relatively few in number, we're extremely agile. …

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