Gordon MacLeod exits Ryman Healthcare after 15 years

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The New Zealand operator’s long-time Group Chief Executive has officially stepped down from his position, five months after resigning from the company.

As we reported here, Mr MacLeod announced his departure in May after four years in the top job and 15 years with the group.

The Chief Executive shared a note with Ryman’s 6,500 staff reflecting on his time with the operator, including his first experience of the operator through his grandmother Ruth Winters, who was a resident at Margaret Stoddart village in Christchurch for seven years.

“My mum and dad, and my brother and myself, felt so happy about her life at Ryman and the care that she received from the fabulous team,” he wrote. “So, when the opportunity came up in 2006 to join Ryman, I knew that it was a company that did great things for residents and had a fabulous culture.”

Mr MacLeod also thanked staff for their commitment, particularly during COVID-19.

“Moving into a Ryman village is often the last significant decision that our residents make, and the work that you do to delight them and care for them is truly a unique calling. It isn’t like just working for any company being at Ryman and I feel so lucky to have been able to work with you as we build on Kevin Hickman’s vision of always acting in a way that would be ‘good enough for mum or dad’.”

Taking on the vacated role of Group Chief Executive is Richard Umbers, an experienced executive who was most recently the CEO and Managing Director at retailer Myer in Australia.