Kantar New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Munro as Business Development Director.

Munro brings to the team a thorough understanding of the industry and more than a decade of experience in commercial and business development in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, including London-based Reputation Institute, a leading global brand and reputation consulting firm, and Chapman Tripp where he was prior to joining the team at Kantar.

Kantar New Zealand is currently focusing its strategic direction and purpose to ensure it continues to exceed client expectations. This includes delivering insights faster by leveraging global relationships and scale, building agile solutions, and ensuring the latest thinking from New Zealand and the global Kantar network is integrated into clients’ decision making.

To further build on this momentum, in addition to Munro’s appointment two new roles have been established and filled internally.

Ian Wentworth will move from Group Client Director to become the new Business Delivery Director, responsible for leading change management within the internal-facing aspects of the business, especially automation, efficiency and alternative data sources, as well as overseeing a smooth workflow process.

He will work alongside Stu Eagle, who has been promoted into the new role of Technical Solutions Director, which has a focus on developing and continuously improving a centre of excellence within the organisation in terms of research methods, analytics and processes.

All three roles are part of the senior management team and will continue to have client leadership responsibilities alongside their other specific roles.

David Thomas, Managing Director, Insights Division, Kantar New Zealand, is excited about the future. “We are passionate about the work we do and recognise that organisations need to have confidence in the decisions they make in a constantly changing world, based on the insights we deliver.

“With this in mind, the new roles that Ian and Stu fulfil are critical to providing the mechanisms for a constructive and astute organisation to deliver this, while Simon will bring a unique breadth of business understanding and is tasked with seeking out and embracing new opportunities to bring our unique mix of skills to bear on business’s marketing issues.”

Wentworth and Eagle’s roles are effective immediately and Munro joined the team this week.


About Kantar New Zealand

Kantar New Zealand (formerly Kantar TNS) is a full-service market research-based consultancy offering unique insight and in-depth understanding for businesses seeking growth strategies across the Asia Pacific region. As part of a global community of over 80 countries, the New Zealand office integrates the best of Kantar’s global expertise with its specific local market knowledge to deliver actionable insights. Kantar is part of WPP’s insight, information and consultancy group.