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Dame Jenny SHIPLEY

Time:2011-11-04 14:34:30    Views:2331099    Origin:Boao Forum for Asia

 

Dame Jenny Shipley was the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand holding office from 1997 to 1999 and the first woman to do so. In the preceding seven years she held a number of Senior Ministerial positions in the New Zealand Government where she took a leading role in New Zealand’s very significant economic and social reforms of that time. These roles included Minister of Social Welfare, Health, State Service, State Owned Enterprises, Transport, Accident Compensation Commission and Women’s Affairs. As Prime Minister she hosted and chaired APEC in NZ in 1999. In 2002 she retired from NZ politics having served 15years in the New Zealand Parliament and returned to the business sector. Dame Jenny has served as an independent Director on the Shanghai and Hong Kong listed China Construction Bank for 6 years and now Chairs China Construction Bank NZ Ltd. She also chairs the former SOE and now NZX and ASX listed company Genesis Energy. Dame Jenny is a Board member of the Beijing based International Finance Forum and was an Initiator of the Education Forum for East Asia. She is an Executive Board member of the New Zealand China Council. She is a member of World Women’s Leadership Council and is a former Vice President of Club of Madrid, a group of 104 former Presidents and Prime Ministers. Dame Jenny has been married to Burton for over 40 years, is the mother of two adult children and grandmother to 2 little boys and a baby girl. Her passion is working with leaders who have the courage and competence to help “shape the future” of their companies and their country.