Stuart Dickinson named as Vista Group Chief Executive; Kimbal Riley announces retirement

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Stuart Dickinson
Stuart Dickinson

Auckland, New Zealand, Friday 9 December - Vista Group International Limited (NZX & ASX:VGL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Dickinson as Vista Group’s new Chief ExecutiveOfficer with effect from Tuesday 11 April, 2023. Dickinson will succeed the role from Kimbal Riley, who is retiring after five years as Chief ExecutiveOfficer and nearly a decade at Vista Group overall.

 Dickinson joins Vista Group as an accomplished leader with more than 25 years’ experience in the technology sector, most recently as New Zealand Country Manager of NYSE listed DXC Technology (NYSE:DXC). Dickinson has led significant transformation programmes in systems integration both in New Zealand and internationally. 

SusanPeterson, Vista Group’s Chair, said: “As Vista Group continues to focus on accelerating our platform strategy, we’re delighted to appoint someone of Stuart’s calibre to lead the company through this next phase. Stuart’s appointment follows a rigorous global recruitment process where we considered several exceptional candidates.

“Stuart is a purpose driven and human centred leader who has a proven history of growing great teams. Supporting our clients to be more successful and nurturing Vista Group’s unique and special culture with his experience and passion will be invaluable as we continue to accelerate our vision.”

Dickinson commented: “I am excited to assume the role as VistaGroup’s CEO and the opportunity to lead a talented global team. Vista Group is an extraordinary New Zealand business that has made its mark on the global stage. I look forward to being part of the next phase of growth as we continue to deliver on our purpose of creating the platform that connects the industry and powers the moviegoer experience.”

Riley joinedVista Group in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer, before becoming Vista CinemaChief Executive in 2015, and then assuming the Group CEO role in 2018.

“We want to acknowledge Kimbal’s huge contribution to Vista Group during his tenure as Group CEO, particularly his response to the challenges that the pandemic presented the film industry, and driving Vista Group’s strategically important platform future,” says Susan Peterson. “Kimbal will be greatly missed by the whole team, and we wish him all the very best in his retirement.”

Riley said: “It has been a privilege, and the highlight of my career, to lead Vista Group for the last five years and to work with so many talented people across our businesses globally. I’m confident thatI leave the company in great heart, and with a strong team and a terrific future in Stuart’s capable hands. I am very much looking forward to working with Stuart, introducing him to Vista Group’s incredible team and clients, and ensuring a smooth leadership transition.”

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