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Day Three – Friday 16 September


Workplace Winners

Wayne Norrie    

B1 HR Initiative of the Year

Wayne Norrie, HdS

When Wayne Norrie and Roger Cockayne succeeded in buying Hitachi Data Systems New Zealand from the Japanese conglomerate, they faced many challenges. They also had an amazing opportunity to re–baseline the company and the culture.

The focus on the culture was vital to both partners, and they set about re–building a new company. Within 12 months, the company revenue grew 40% and EBIT 100%. Within 24 months, they moved from bottom of the Unlimited Best Places to Work to being voted in the top 20.

The Rock concept was a key element in transforming the culture. Wayne will share the coal face experiences, lessons learnt and secrets of this turnaround of culture, and explain what the Rock is, how it works and why it is so important to transforming the culture.

This session will challenge traditional thinking and offer practical ideas on how to transform a company through its culture.

HdS won the HRINZ HR Initiative of the year Award in 2004.

Wayne Norrie is Chief Enthusiasm Officer and Minister of Culture, Hosting and Datacentre Services

Wayne has over 20 years IT industry experience ranging from technical and development roles, to sales and management. This covers a variety of industries across a range of geographies.

Working off shore for 8 years across a diverse mixture of companies (e.g. General Electric, Accenture, Prudential) has provided some unique perspectives on forming and managing successful teams.

This culminated in a Management Buy Out (MBO) of Hitachi Data Systems NZ along with business partner Roger Cockayne.

Since that date Wayne has led the cultural change required to set the company on the path to success. Wayne had implemented a strong programme on organizational culture, and has gained real life experiences that clearly demonstrate the correlation between cultural strength and financial performance.

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