Changes to Z’s Leadership Team

September 7, 2022

Z Energy (Z) can confirm that after over 12 years of leading Z, Mike Bennetts has announced he is stepping down from his role as CEO at the end of March next year.

As the founding CEO, Mike will leave a strong legacy marked by his courage and ambition to create a truly distinctive local New Zealand brand and culture. He has built a brand that is known and trusted by customers, employees and local communities.

Z is deeply committed to developing its people and we have had a clear succession plan in place for some time. Mike is pleased to be handing over his role to Lindis Jones, Z’s current CFO, who has been part of the Z whānau since 2010. Z’s GM Commercial, Nicola Law, will be promoted to CFO.

Matt Halliday, CEO & Managing Director Ampol, said: “I would like to personally thank Mike for his incredible drive, leadership and for creating an organisation that has purpose and people at the forefront. When we first crossed paths, I was inspired by his vision of a combined Ampol and Z, where with scale across the Tasman, anything could be possible.  Mike has always been deeply committed to developing others, including his successor. So with his departure, I’m pleased to announce Lindis Jones as the new CEO of Z and the newest member of the Ampol Leadership Team. It’s brilliant to see the promotion of Lindis as Mike’s successor and Nicola Law to CFO; it’s a great example of Z’s commitment to developing people and leaders.”

“It has been a privilege to lead Z for over a decade. I am stepping down at a time that our business has real strategic momentum and therefore I know it’s the right time for me to go. I am confident that I am leaving the company in exceptionally good hands. Lindis, Nicola and the rest of Z’s Leadership Team will continue with our commitments and take a stand on the things that matter to New Zealanders,” says Mike Bennetts.


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