The State Services Commissioner, Iain Rennie, today announced the appointment of Gabriel Makhlouf to the position of Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury.

Mr Makhlouf has been in his current role as Acting Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury since 1 June 2011.  Prior to this, from March 2010, he was the Deputy Chief Executive to the Treasury with areas of responsibility include the National Infrastructure Unit, the Financial Operations group, the Strategy and Performance team and the Finance team.

“Mr Makhlouf has delivered policy and operational results in complex economic, political and organisational environments and has led substantial change management programmes.

“Since being at the Treasury, he has developed an organisational strategy to deliver the Treasury’s vision of better living standards for New Zealand, and implemented a strategy to manage the consequences of the collapse of South Canterbury Finance,” Iain Rennie said.

Prior to being appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive at The Treasury, Mr Makhlouf was the Director, Dispute Resolution at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK.  He joined HMRC in 2005 as the Director, Debt Management and Banking and in 2008 he was appointed as the Director, Banking Services, HMRC.

Other senior management roles held by Mr Makhlouf in the United Kingdom Civil Service included Director, International in Inland Revenue UK from 1998 to 2003 and Director, Capital and Savings from 2003 to 2005.  From 2000 to 2004 he was the Chair of the Committee on Fiscal Affairs at the OECD.

Mr Makhlouf has been appointed for a five year term and will take up the position on 28 June 2011.

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Contact: Jason Ryan 04 495-2850 or 027 244 7081

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