Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team
Board of Directors
New Zealand King Salmon’s board currently comprises the following:
MCom (Hons), CA, CMA
John became a director of New Zealand King Salmon in 2009. John is an active investor and company director, and his current roles include Executive Chairman of Alpine Retirement Group Limited and Independent Chairman of Direct Capital IV Management. John was the co-founder of NZX listed Ryman Healthcare Limited (where he was co-Managing Director) and was a director of NZX listed Michael Hill International Limited. He was involved in the initial public offering of both of these companies. John is a Chartered Accountant.
Jack has been a director of New Zealand King Salmon since 2008. Jack is Joint Managing Partner of law firm Glaister Ennor which he joined in 1972. Jack has practiced in all areas of property law, commercial law, trusts and estate planning and is an experienced mediator. Jack is currently the chairman of Pinnacle Life Limited and a director of Neil Corporation Limited, Norfolk Financial Management Limited as well as other substantial private businesses, and is a trustee of numerous personal and charitable trusts. Jack is a nominated appointee for major New Zealand King Salmon shareholder Oregon Group.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Paul was the founding CEO of New Zealand King Salmon from its formation to 2009 and has been a director of New Zealand King Salmon since 2009. Paul has a background in manufacturing, international trade and fast moving consumer goods having previously held senior executive positions with a British multinational including in Hong Kong and Singapore before joining the NZ Dairy Board as a General Manager for eight years. Paul is currently Chairman of ASX listed Cleanseas Tuna Limited, Chairman of Nelson Airport Limited, a Councillor of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and a director of other substantial private businesses. He served on the National Board of New Zealand Red Cross and its Foundation from 2003 to 2013.
Thomas has been a director of New Zealand King Salmon since 2008. Thomas is Managing Director of major New Zealand King Salmon shareholder Oregon Group. In this role Thomas is also the chairman of Neil Corporation Limited and Winstone Pulp International Limited. Thomas is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).
Independent Non-Executive Director*
Mark became a board member of New Zealand King Salmon in 2008. Mark is a founding Director and Chairman of the investment committee for the Direct Capital private equity funds, and has a background in private equity, specialising in portfolio management, investments, acquisitions and capital funding. Mark is currently a Director of a number of Direct Capital entities and portfolio companies, including George H Investments Limited, Hiway Group Limited, and Stratex Group Limited. Mark is also a Director of NZX listed Scales Corporation Limited.
*Mark Hutton has been classified as an Independent Non-executive Director on the basis that Direct Capital will sell down its shareholding in New Zealand King Salmon so that it is not a substantial product holder upon completion of the Offer.
Managing Director and CEO
MBA (Executive), BAppSc
Grant has considerable international fast moving consumer goods sales, marketing and general management experience. Grant has worked across a number of fast moving consumer goods categories including dairy, wine, fresh produce, and dry grocery as well as foodservice segments from cafes to fine dining. Grant’s international business expertise spans Britain, Europe and Australasia, with blue chip companies such as Unilever, Cerebos and Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee.
Grant was appointed CEO of New Zealand King Salmon in 2009. During his time as CEO, Grant has focused on lifting New Zealand King Salmon’s unique products from a premium commodity to a worldwide branded food delicacy
Senior Leadership Team
New Zealand King Salmon’s senior leadership team, which includes its senior managers (identified with a * below), currently comprises the following:
Managing Director and CEO*
MBA (Executive), BAppSc
General Manager, Sales
Graeme joined New Zealand King Salmon in 2004. His previous roles included 16 years in the horticulture industry with various roles in processing, sales (internationally and domestic) and management.
Chief Operating Officer*
Bachelor of Aquaculture Engineering,
Diploma of Business & Administration
Ruben joined New Zealand King Salmon in 2014 to lead the aquaculture and processing operations teams. Ruben has more than 25 years of aquaculture experience across multiple countries (including Norway, Scotland and Saudi Arabia) and also includes roles with the world’s largest salmon producer, Marine Harvest. Ruben’s experience includes roles within both freshwater and seawater operations, as well as other technical operations. During his time as Chief Operating Officer at New Zealand King Salmon, Ruben has implemented photoperiod broodstock, decreased runts and increased the harvest size of fish.
General Manager, Marketing
Jemma joined New Zealand King Salmon in 2012 to launch the Ōra King brand in New Zealand and abroad. Her previous roles include 15 years in international business development and marketing for food and consumer products based in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Chief Financial Officer*
Andrew joined New Zealand King Salmon in 2011. His previous roles include 17 years in the dairy industry where he occupied a number of senior finance roles in New Zealand, the United States, Venezuela and Uruguay.
General Manager, Supply Chain
Shaun Young has been with New Zealand King Salmon since 2008. He was based in Auckland as General Manager Retail Sales & Marketing before moving to Nelson in early 2015 to take up the role of General Manager Supply Chain. Previously he worked with Goodman Fielder and Cadbury in sales management and analytical roles.