Theresa Gattung is a leading New Zealand business personality. Named in Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 most powerful women in international business several times since 2002, she was also included in Forbes’ list of the world’s 50 most powerful women across any sphere in 2006.
From October 1999 to June 2007 Theresa was CEO and Managing Director of Telecom New Zealand, a telecommunications business operating in New Zealand and Australia and listed on the NZX, ASX and NYSE. During her tenure as CEO she led Telecom through world-changing technology developments and the evolution of the business from a traditional telco to the number one IT provider in New Zealand.
Before becoming CEO of Telecom, Theresa held roles there as Group General Manager, accountable for revenues of NZ$3 billion and responsibility for over 3,500 staff, and General Manager, Marketing. Prior to joining Telecom, Theresa held a number of marketing roles in the financial services sector.
Theresa was then the Chair of Wool Partners International. In this role she les the company’s drive to reinvigorate the international market for New Zealand’s strong wools, applying her leadership skills, international business experience and marketing and branding expertise.
She then released a bestseller book "Bird on a Wire" which is a "no-holds-barred memoir of her ambition, her determination, and her rise to business power".
In 2012 Theresa teamed up with Cecilia Robinson and Nadia Lim to produce a home meal kit delivery service 'My Food Bag' . It's success in NZ has seen it now launch in Australia.
In 2015 she thrilled to be recognised in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List by being made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.
Theresa’s personal interests include horse riding, fashion, swimming and collecting contemporary art. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.