2degrees staff shocked and saddened by death of CEO and wife in plane crash

Media release from 2degrees
The 2degrees team is shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of its CEO Eric Hertz and his wife Kathy following a plane crash off the Raglan coast.

Given the Police recovery effort is just beginning, the company cannot comment on the accident, but does wish to thank those from New Zealand and around the world who have offered their condolences and support.

Director of Corporate Affairs Mat Bolland says the company is providing all support possible to Eric and Kathy’s daughter and keeping their families in the US informed of the progress of recovery.

“We appreciate there is significant media interest in the accident, however the family has asked media not to contact them directly. A statement from the family will be released in due course,” he says.

Eric joined 2degrees in 2009, fresh from leading a mobile app company ‘Zumobi’ in the US and had an extensive telecommunications career spanning more than 30 years and six countries.

“Eric and Kathy had lived in many places, but called New Zealand home. They recently gained residency and, through flying, got to see more of New Zealand than many of us will ever see,” says Mr Bolland.

“Kathy was also passionate about her new home, working closely with AUT and providing us with sound counsel on community initiatives.”

Mr Bolland says among 2degrees staff there is shock at the loss of someone who would always greet you with a smile, while constantly encouraging you to do things differently and delight customers.

The results of Eric’s challenge and leadership style can be seen in the rapid growth of 2degrees and prices people pay for mobile today.

“We are going to miss Eric’s leadership, friendship and dry sense of humour. He was our ‘honorary Kiwi’ and greatly respected by our 760 staff.”

Mr Bolland says 2degrees Chairman Stewart Sherriff and the Board are working with the company’s management to ensure business continuity.