Monday 1st August 2011
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Fulton Hogan's New Zealand contracting chief executive Bill Perry died suddenly on Saturday from an aggressive meningococcal infection.
The Christchurch-based contracting and engineering firm said it was deeply shocked and saddened by Perry's death within hours of being rushed to Christchurch Hospital, and it paid tribute to his outstanding leadership both before and after the earthquakes in the city.
”Bill was a charismatic leader who led from the front. He was a big man, with a big heart, totally committed to his family and who was always at his best in a crisis. In his three years as chief executive Bill tackled all the big issues head on," Nick Miller, managing director for the Fulton Hogan Group, said.
The sympathies of the entire company were with Perry's wife Nicole and his three children Sam, Eliza and Angus.
Fulton Hogan is a privately owned company that employs 4000 people in New Zealand, according to its website.
Perry was an Australian by birth and education.
"He quickly became a kiwi by adoption. His wisdom, knowledge, personality and sense of humour overlaid a steely resolve to do nothing but his best for his people, the company and the wider community," Miller said.
"Bill was not only a very respected and trusted work colleague but also a very good friend who will be sorely missed by a large number of people both in the company and wider business and contracting fraternity. He made friends easily," Miller said.
Perry was a member of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Alliance, a board member of Roading New Zealand, a member of Business Leaders Safety Council and a former member of the Auckland Motorway Alliance.
A funeral service will be held in Christchurch on Friday.
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