After two years leading the Financial Services Federation ("FSF") executive director, Kirk Hope has resigned to take up the role of chief executive of the New Zealand Bankers? Association.
Rob Zubielevitch Director Sales and Business Development GE Capital and Chair of the FSF says "we are obviously very sorry to lose Kirk, as he has been instrumental in executing our strategy, which has left us very well positioned as an industry organisation after what has been an historically tumultuous period for the sector. However, we are also very happy that Kirk remains in a high profile leadership position within the financial services sector, as we believe the entire sector is well served by having an advocate of Kirk?s capability working at the industry level. On behalf of FSF member organisations I would like to thank Kirk for his contribution to the Federation, and to wish him all the best for the future."
Kirk Hope says "I have immensely enjoyed working with the members of the Federation, and being given the opportunity to help build the public case that the NZ economy needs strong well run finance companies, and that there are still a good number of those operating. The Federation has an excellent history of professional advocacy, developed over a long period by my predecessor Justin Kerr, and I have been lucky enough to have had this substantial platform when engaging with government on issues of relevance to the sector."
During Kirk?s time at the FSF he led discussions with the government on the Financial Service Providers Act, the Financial Advisers Act, amendments to the GST legislation, the development of the regulatory regime for non bank deposit takers, issues related to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act, and helped establish the Federation?s Responsible Lending Guidelines - which set a best practice standard for New Zealand lenders.
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