In breaking news, ACC Minister Judith Collins has replaced John Judge as the Chair of the ACC Board; to be replaced by Paula Rebstock in the interim; Scoop reports:
Minister appoints Acting ACC Chair
ACC Minister Judith Collins today announced that Ms Paula Rebstock will be Acting Chair on the ACC Board until a new Board Chair is appointed.
To complete the financial year for ACC it has been agreed that Mr Judge will remain as Chair until 30 June 2012.
Mr Judge takes up the role of Chair of the ANZ National Bank on 23 June 2012.
Ms Collins says Mr Judge’s new role is a significant appointment and will require even more of his time than his current role as a director.
“I would like to thank Mr Judge for the contribution he has made during his time as Chair of the Board.
“I particularly acknowledge the role he has played in returning ACC to financial health.
“I believe privacy and information security is now the number one priority for ACC and it must refocus on rebuilding public trust and confidence.”
This is a surpise move by Ms Collins. As we noted this morning, the outcomes of inquiries by the Privacy Commissioner and the Auditor-General are still awaited.
But as Green MP Kevin Hague pointed out to us earlier today, Mr Judge is a political appointee. That makes his position somewhat different to those of ACC CEO Ralph Stewart and his managers.
There is bound to be plenty of comment about Judith Collins' action. Unfortunately, we are shortly Wellington bound, in advance of an important meeting first thing tomorrow, but we'll do our best to keep on top of it.