After 12 years successfully leading and growing Tax Management New Zealand (TMNZ), Chris Cunniffe has announced he will be retiring from his position and leaving the business in July 2024. 

While Chris will step down as CEO on 31 January, he will continue to support TMNZ in an advisory capacity, ensuring a smooth transition to TMNZ’s next Chief Executive. 

Board Director and TMNZ Founder Ian Kuperus personally recognised Chris for his outstanding service:

“Chris has made a significant contribution to TMNZ, growing our purpose-led tax pooling business from seven people in 2011 to over 70 today, helping hundreds of thousands of taxpayers across New Zealand. Chris has shown an unwavering commitment to his team, clients and communities, through Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation.”

The Board has appointed current TMNZ Head of Transformation and People, Amanda Thorpe as Acting CEO, effective 1 February 2024. 

“Amanda brings senior leadership experience in transformation, culture and high-performance, here in Aotearoa and overseas. We’re fortunate that Amanda, as Acting CEO, is well positioned to support the business through the next period of change.” says Ian. 

Amanda will work closely with the TMNZ Leadership Team including Acting Chief Operating Officer, Matt Rama who prior to TMNZ managed another tax pooling business. 

As TMNZ looks to the future, the business remains committed to continuing to build on its successes and delivering the best people and client experience, as well as continuing to donate its profits to Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation for a restored New Zealand.  

The TMNZ Board has begun the recruitment process for a permanent CEO and once complete, new leadership will be communicated through TMNZ channels. 

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