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Testimonials for Martin Snedden
"Martin has a very good corporate background and was excellent at weaving in the key messages we gave him before hand. Very personable and very easy to work with."
- ANZ Private Bank Conference Dinner
"Martin provided an excellent speech and had the audience enthralled with his story presented in a relaxed, informal manner. He incorporated the theme for the evening ‘Strength through Partnership’ very well into his speech. He showed his local knowledge of the area, which gained report with the audience. It was refreshing to have a person of his calibre talk about an event, rather than himself. Congratulations Martin, well done. We have had a lot of very positive feedback from people who attended our event"
Willis Toomey Robinson
'With a topic which can be very heavy and emotionally draining, Martin closed the conference on a high. I was very impressed by his story telling skills and his ability to reach out to the audience and draw them into his world. As a speaker he is a dream to work with and I’d like to thank him for his efforts at this conference'
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Martin Snedden's Biography
Martin has recently retired from the role of CEO of the Tourism Industry Association, in the course of which he led the tourism industry through the creation of ‘Tourism 2025’, a strategy to provide New Zealand’s number 2-ranked export earning industry with a confident sense of strategic direction through the next decade.
Between 2007 and 2011, he was CEO of Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd, the company responsible for staging the extremely successful Rugby World Cup 2011. The book he has written about this experience, “A Stadium of Four Million”, was released in September 2012.
Between 2001 and 2007, Martin Snedden headed New Zealand Cricket during a tumultuous period punctuated by issues relating to terrorism, politics and player contract negotiations, a period where the BLACKCAPS (New Zealand cricket team) consistently ranked high in both tests and one day internationals. He led the successful joint New Zealand Cricket / Cricket Australia bid for the rights to host Cricket World Cup 2015.
During his own playing days he represented the BLACKCAPS between 1980 and 1990, playing 25 tests and 93 one day internationals including playing in the infamous “underarm” match against Australia.
Prior to his role of CEO of New Zealand Cricket Martin has practised as a lawyer, including 11 years as a partner of an Auckland law firm. In January 2012, he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Martin is an engaging speaker who captivates his audiences with his friendly anecdotal story telling style. Martin also receives outstanding feedback for his ability to deliver key messages of the conference and for his involvement with the audience and time he takes to ensure he has a great understanding of the organisation.