Navigating Cultural Diversity Panel Discussion - Auckland

10.08.2017 | 05:00 PM
- 06:00 PM
EY, 2 Takutai Square, Auckland

This session is going to be at least as informative as it is entertaining – join us on our brief journey to the root causes of German behaviour and be entertained along the way.

Our very own Monique Surges will attempt to guide the panellists from well know German companies, not to mention opposing sides – Germans working in New Zealand and New Zealanders working for German companies – into key revelations.

In the 'New Zealand corner', we have:

  • Murray Whyte, Principal at, who has worked in Germany
  • Jim Bibby, Managing Director of Stihl, who works for a German subsidiary in New Zealand that reports directly to Germany
  • Mike Walsh, CEO of VTNZ, who works for a New Zealand company that became a German subsidiary

In the 'German corner', we have:

  • Patrick Gottstein, Sales Manager at Geodis, who is German, settled in New Zealand and working for a European company
  • Dieter Adam, CEO of the NZMEA, who is German, settled in New Zealand and working for a New Zealand company
  • Wolfgang Loose, CFO of T&G Global Limited, who is German, is fairly new to New Zealand and working for a German company

Let’s air all frustrations and come up with some solutions to make this the best working relationship possible!

This will be followed by wine, cheese and the chance to network with fellow GNZCC members and guests.

Please note, attendees of this workshop are welcome to attend the Negotiating with Germans workshop, which takes place beforehand, for free. For catering purposes, please state that you wish to attend both events when you register via the registration link below.


$65 Members excl GST
$95 Non-Members excl GST


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