The appointment of Roger Sutton as the chief executive of Cera, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, is an inspired one.
The Press says:
Roger Sutton calls himself a “big picture guy”, but admits his new role heading the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) is going to require a wider lens.
As chief executive of Christchurch lines company Orion for the past eight years, Sutton has built a reputation as an approachable, communicative, analytical, creative and quirky business leader. . .
. . . In 2003, he beat 38 other applicants to the chief executive job.
He has made it his own through a tumultuous time in the energy industry.
Sutton said he relished the cross-over of engineering into wider society – economics, environment and regulation – and saw an opportunity to take those interests by applying to lead Cera.
“I didn’t initially apply but a lot of people talked to me about the role and suggested it would be a good thing if I applied, so in the end I did, so here I am,” he said.
He has taken a significant cut in salary to take the job. On Checkpoint last night he said he’d be dropping about $200,000.
That is a considerable financial sacrifice which shows his commitment to his city and its recovery.
It is a very big job and the wide approval across the political spectrum shows he is the right man for it.