Theresa Gattung

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Theresa Gattung, CNZM

Theresa Gattung made headlines in 1999, when at 37 she was appointed Chief Executive of Telecom New Zealand. Not only a woman, but a leader from a younger generation, Theresa Gattung was heralded for breaking a business glass ceiling. 

Stepping down from Telecom (now Spark) in 2007, this influential woman has championed a number of causes – including co-founding My Food Bag and world women. She is a strong advocate for pay equity for Kiwi women and in October 2017 helped introduce sheEO, a “disruptive economic model” to Aotearoa – “the future of finance is female – and its generosity is radical”.

In this excerpt, broadcast just after her appointment as Telecom’s Chief Executive, Theresa Gattung is One News’ Person of the Week. Watch as she talks about growing up, her leadership style and life philosophies.

Check out Theresa Gattung’s website. 

Image: Screengrab: One News, Person of the Week.

Catalogue Reference TZP216830

Year 1999


Reporter: Mike Jaspers

Excerpt: 0:02:36

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