GPG's Campbell joins Tourism Holdings board

Rental campervan operator now has five independent directors on its six-strong borad.

Guinness Peat Group chairman Rob Campbell, who was brought into the investment firm to oversee its wind-down, has joined the board of rental campervan operator Tourism Holdings.

The appointment takes the number of independent directors on the Tourism Holdings board to five of the six-strong board, and the company expects to make another addition in coming months, says independent director Graeme Wong, who heads the board sub-committee on board appointments.

"We are very pleased to have a director of Rob's experience and capability joining the board of THL," chairman Keith Smith says.

"In multiple roles over an extended period of time Rob has clearly demonstrated an ability to assist companies achieve their potential."

Mr Campbell is chairman of GPG and retirement village group Summerset Holdings and a director of commercial property investor Precinct Properties and fruit exporter Turners & Growers. He officially joins the Tourism Holdings board on May 6.

The Auckland-based company cut annual earnings guidance in February after posting a small first-half loss, citing tough trading conditions across the Tasman.

Tourism Holdings merged with two rivals last year as the wider sector struggles in a moribund global economy and the strong kiwi dollar erodes the attraction of New Zealand as a destination for long-haul travellers.

The shares fell 1.5 percent to 64 cents yesterday and have declined 5.8 percent this year. The stock is rated an average 'buy' based on two recommendations compiled by Reuters.