Sharon Zöllner (1994-95) has been appointed as ANZ New Zealand's new chief economist.

Prior to her appointment, Sharon was notable for creating ANZ's truckometer, which uses traffic flows on major New Zealand roads as an indicator of economic momentum.

In Christchurch's newspaper, The Press, however, it was noted:

"The new chief economist for New Zealand's biggest bank is a farm girl from Methven at heart".

Sharon joined the ANZ Economics Team in 2010. After graduating from UC with an M.Comm in 1997 she started her career as a macroeconomist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. She has also worked at the Central Bank of Norway.

Sharon created the Truckometer in 2012. She has a particular interest in Big Data and machine learning and its potential applications in macroeconomics.

 

You can see a short video of Sharon explaining the truckometer here on YouTube.

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