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Done Deal: Recent fundings secured, contracts inked and deals done and/or did, for the tl;dr crowd


New Zealand skin health experts, Skin Institute, announced the appointment of Jenni Ryan as CEO, effective immediately.

Jenni Ryan joins Skin Institute after over 20 years in leadership roles, specialising in strategy, marketing and customer engagement.

Reflecting on the new appointment Ryan says she was drawn to the role because of Skin Institute’s trusted reputation and industry credibility and significant medical expertise.

Ryan says, “Skin Institute has long been the most-trusted, and highly innovative New Zealand skin health clinic, known for its excellence across its three areas of expertise, Skin, Veins, and Appearance Medicine. I’m excited for the opportunity to continue the great advancements made in this space and to bring a heightened degree of patient and customer engagement, as well as operational excellence across its nationwide clinics,”.

Previous roles include marketing leads, predominantly in the FMCG sector with brand Cadbury Confectionery Ltd. More recently, Jenni was General Manager of Marketing at The Warehouse, before moving into the executive level role of Chief Customer Officer of The Warehouse Group.

ColabNZ, a ‘co-working commercial real estate business’ started in 2013 by Robett Hollis, with a goal to help NZ startups, freelancers, small businesses and entrepreneurs get office space, has been sold to Generator Coworking and Serviced Offices.

Robett Hollis posted on his LinkedIn sharing the news: “I’ve known Ryan Wilson, Generator’s CEO for a while now and we are TOTALLY aligned with our view on the ecosystem and what we could do together, so this partnership was an absolute no brainer and BIG win-win for both of us”.


StopPress  has reported that Little Giant has appointed Ian Howard to the newly created position of managing director.

Howard joined Little Giant as chief strategy officer in October 2016 and will retain those responsibilities alongside his new role as managing director.

His previous experience includes high profile strategic positions in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand, including at ITV, TVNZ and Interbrand, and he is a regular contributor to TVNZ’s Breakfast as a digital commentator.

Mark Hurley, founder and chief executive of Little Giant, says Howard has been an integral part of Little Giant’s success over the last two years, and it was a natural choice to promote him into this role.

“Ian has done an outstanding job, building out our strategy department, helping us refine Little Giant’s vision as a company and driving excellence across all client engagements. As we continue to scale, it’s become clear we need additional leadership support, and Ian has proven across the last two years that he is the right man for the job. I am extremely excited to appoint Ian to this new role and look forward to working side by side with him to help this agency realise its enormous potential.”

Howard says he is extremely proud of what Little Giant has achieved over the last couple of years; “joining digital agency network – Isobar; being awarded Campaign Asia Pacific’s New Zealand Digital Agency of the Year; and developing into a truly rounded digital agency with industry-leading strategic and creative ability alongside world-class production capabilities”.?

Iyia Liu, the founder of businesses, Waist Trainer, Luxe Fitness, and Bambi – which amassed a large following, and collectively boasted over 500,000 likes or followers on the platforms, as well as being a success story to the power of influencer marketing – has set up a new venture, Celebration Box NZ, which offers boxed treat packages to its customers, and will launch on the 16th of July.

RJ’s has signed a conditional agreement with Nestle New Zealand – and will acquire New Zealand confectionery brands, Mackintosh, Black Knight, Fabulicious Red Licorice, Heards, and Oddfellows.

The New Zealand Herald reports that the penned deal signifies job losses at their Wiri factory in South Auckland, with a predicted loss of up to 55 jobs, which will be made redundant from a workforce of over 270.

Nestle Confectionary manager, Martin Brown, tells the Herald: “This doesn’t reflect on the personal efforts of our staff. It has been based on a careful consideration of how to focus our activities and resources, recognising that our sugar confectionery range in New Zealand is largely made up of smaller local brands”.  

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