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Rob In front of enatelNew General Manager Sales – Energy and Renewables Welcomed to the Enatel Team

Enatel Ltd is proud to welcome Rob Kurz to the team as General Manager Sales for the Energy and Renewables divisions.

Rob brings with him a wealth of experience in executive management roles with technology companies around the world, and is looking forward to applying his skills to helping build the Enatel Energy brand.

“This is a great opportunity to build on the existing success of the company in the energy and renewables sectors,” Rob says.

“There have been, and will continue to be, major developments in the telecoms environment – it’s an interesting space and an interesting time for companies like Enatel. The market for Enatel Energy products is broad, with not only the traditional ICT service providers as clients, but also industry corporates seeking to install their own dedicated networks and assets.”

“I’m looking forward to connecting the market to the company in terms of understanding client and market needs to feed back into the technical teams so we can continue to develop cutting edge products in a fast moving space.”

Rob began his career as an electronics engineer with Rio Tinto and was most recently the Managing Director for Campbell Scientific Australia. Between then and now he has gained vast experience in industries such as telecommunications and transportation, and travelled the globe for his work. After having lived and worked in Australia, Switzerland, the USA, and Brazil, Rob is keen to settle down in Canterbury and experience everything New Zealand has to offer.

“There has always been a strong international focus in all my roles. Since graduating I have only lived in Australia for perhaps a third of my working life. This makes Enatel an exciting place for me. It is a New Zealand-based company that relies strongly on exports to more than 70 countries around the world, including developing countries where I have gathered a fair bit of experience.”

“But having said that, I never set out to be a world traveler – it just turned out that way. Once I’m settled in, I look forward to working with Enatel’s existing and future customers, distributors, and suppliers.”

Enatel Managing Director Gary Foot says Rob will be a great asset to the team.

“We are delighted to have Rob Kurz join the Enatel team, and the skills and experience he brings. We look forward to his leadership and management of our DC Power division to help further accelerate growth and deploy our strategic initiatives.”

Hayley and DaveIntroducing our 2017 Graduate Programme

Dave Ruddenklau and Hayley Smith represented Enatel at the ENSOC Career Expo day at Canterbury University. It was a great opportunity to meet with engineering students to discuss career prospects and raise our brand recruitment profile.
We are about to commence recruitment for our 2017 Graduate Programme which made this expo be ideal timing.
For further details on our graduate programme, please feel free to contact us, 03 366 4550, or email:


Enatel appoints new CFO, Aaron GayleEnatel Appoints New CFO

Enatel Limited is delighted to announce the appointment of Aaron Gale as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Aaron served as CFO for HydroWorks and earlier to that as CFO for General Cable Oceania. He has over 20 years’ experience working in manufacturing, distribution, finance and media both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Aaron holds a BCom in Accounting from the University of Otago, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and has gained APIC’s CPIM and PRINCE2 project management certifications.

“Aaron brings extensive CFO experience to the business, having previously worked for a Fortune 500 company, and as a key member of our executive team will play an integral role within Enatel’s global expansion programme”, says Managing Director, Gary Foot.

In response to his appointment, Aaron says, “I am excited to join Enatel, which has a fantastic reputation on the global stage and a proven record of innovation and execution for blue chip customers. I look forward to working with the team to capitalise on Enatel’s strengths, and set a solid platform for continued growth and development worldwide”.

We welcome Aaron to our team and look forward to his dynamic contribution.

Ronald McDonald House 2Christchurch Students Save Children’s Charity $1000s on Electricity Bills!

A group of Christchurch university students have now realized their plan to save Ronald McDonald House South Island (RMHSI) $1000’s on their electricity bills over the next 25 years. Together, they fundraised $25,000 to install a solar grid tied system on the charity’s accommodation building with the support and assistance of local solar manufacturer, EnaSolar.

The project originated from the students involvement with the US Embassy-organized Connecting Young Leaders Conference in June. This year’s conference focused on social entrepreneurship, where the students were challenged to find and address an issue within their community. The team of 10 decided early on to support RMHSI and after much brainstorming, research and liaison with industry mentors settled on a cost-saving idea that utilized solar energy. The aim was to reduce RMHSI’s operational running costs to enable the savings to be put back into its core function of supporting families.

The young leaders teamed up with EnaSolar, who were able to assist and guide on the commercial and technical aspects of the project, and created the ‘Gift that Keeps Giving’ concept to support their fundraising campaign. The unique ‘Gift that Keeps Giving’ concept enabled the students to gain sponsorship and funding to cover the cost of materials required for the supply and installation of the solar technology. It also enabled sponsors to see that their contribution to the solar system was not only going to benefit RMHSI for one day but each and every day for next 25 years!

The crowd-funding campaign turned out to be a great success due to immense generosity shown from the local community, businesses, and individuals. Trevor Foster says, “We were delighted to support this project, not only for the cost savings that will assist RMHSI but also to support the Young Leaders vision and program.”

Months of hard work, passion, and commitment was well-rewarded recently when the project was officially signed off by RMHSI, CEO, Mr. Mathew Mark, Fund Raising Manager, Anna Galvan and EnaSolar General Manager, Trevor Foster.

The students see the project as an opportunity for the community to invest back into itself, and they hope this creative approach and method will be replicated and used by other individuals, charities and schools throughout New Zealand.


Ronald McDonald House South Island provides free accommodation and support to families of sick children up to and including the age of 21. For more information please visit: