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CCH New Zealand names new GM to lead innovation and growth in New Zealand

Former Business Fitness New Zealand General Manager Julie Benton now heads CCH New Zealand’s Auckland and Mt Maunganui teams


Former Business Fitness New Zealand General Manager Julie Benton now heads CCH New Zealand’s Auckland and Mt Maunganui teams
Auckland, New Zealand (Monday March 4, 2013)CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business has today announced that former Business Fitness New Zealand General Manager Julie Benton has been promoted to the newly-created position of General Manager CCH New Zealand, covering all CCH staff operations in Auckland and Mt Maunganui. Benton will report into recently-appointed Managing Director CCH Australia and New Zealand, Bas Kniphorst.

President of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Asia Pacific and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Asia Pacific, Russell Evans said: “The overarching responsibility of this newly established leadership role is to continue to drive and expand CCH’s business success in the New Zealand market. This will involve developing and executing strategies to maximise customer loyalty, build staff engagement, drive profitable growth and deliver on revenue, inventory and cost targets for the New Zealand business.”

“A key component of Julie’s role over the next two to three years will be to continue to drive growth through the integration of online business information, software and services. This will involve aligning diverse business areas, and ensuring pursuit of common goals across functional boundaries.”

Benton is widely known in the New Zealand Tax and Accounting industry. Benton has been part of the interactive accounting content firm Business Fitness New Zealand since the company’s inception over 10 years ago. Business Fitness New Zealand prides itself on providing New Zealand accounting professionals with a single source of authoritative and practical information to make them more productive.

Evans noted that Benton has exemplary commercial acumen and through the connections she has in the marketplace she and her team have built 75% penetration of the New Zealand Tax & Accounting market.

“This New Zealand business restructure promotes and enables local agility and even greater customer focus. Jules and her team are empowered to seize business opportunities more readily; to ‘pursue the prize’ at will,” he added.

Since acquiring Business Fitness New Zealand in August 2011, CCH New Zealand has successfully blended its deep tax and accounting subject matter expertise with Business Fitness New Zealand’s innovative solutions for accountants. These include a range of over 2,000 ‘how to’, process-driven compliance and service templates as well as electronic work papers, documentation kits and software and client development tutorials and webinar programmes. 

Evans said Benton will work very closely with CCH’s Collaborative Solutions Division in Christchurch led by former CEO of Acclipse, Mike Chisholm. She has enjoyed a great rapport with Chisholm and the Acclipse team since 2005.

Benton officially assumes the role of General Manager CCH New Zealand Ltd on Monday March 4, 2013 and will work out of both the Mt Maunganui and Auckland offices. Product Manager Sara Weaver (nee Hansen) will step into Benton’s former role as Manager, Business Fitness New Zealand.

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For more information, please contact:
New Zealand:
Julie Benton
General Manager, CCH New Zealand Limited
T:  0800 10 58 60 (from within New Zealand) | +64 7 547 4440 |
Australia / New Zealand:
Greg Conway
Senior Communications Coordinator, Wolters Kluwer Asia Pacific
T: +61 2 9857 1886 | Mb. +61 (0)408 290 412 |
About CCH New Zealand Limited, a Wolters Kluwer business
CCH New Zealand Ltd. ( is the leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services. It has served tax, accounting and business professionals since 1974. Its market-leading workflow solutions help professionals use technology and information to improve their efficiency, productivity and profitability. CCH New Zealand is the leading publisher and information provider for the professional services industries, including tax, accounting and financial planning, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate and business law, competition and consumer law, conveyancing and property, court practice, human resources, employment and safety. CCH New Zealand products are authored by an in-house team of experts that work with consulting authors who are industry-leaders in their field. CCH New Zealand is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company focused on professionals with annual revenues of (2011) €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion) and approximately 19,000 employees worldwide. Please visit our Contact Us page for more information.
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