NZ Business Podcast 34: Mike Bennetts – CEO, Z Energy

Mike Bennetts is the CEO of Z Energy – and winner of the Deloitte Top 200 Chief Executive of the Year in 2016. Early on he led the business through a rebrand from Shell NZ in...

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NZ Business Podcast 33: Darren Linton – CEO leading the transformation of Yellow

Leading a business that’s been disrupted by technology is no easy task, but Darren Linton, CEO at Yellow seems to really relish the task at hand as he leads the transformation of...

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NZ Business Podcast 32: David Hughes, Silicon Valley Founder/CEO – Silver Peak Systems

Hear insights into building a business in the San Francisco Bay Area as Kiwi Founder/CEO Dr David Hughes shares his career story and that of his network technology firm Silver...

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NZ Business Podcast 31: Sir Graeme Henry – Former All Blacks Coach

Graeme Henry former head coach extraordinaire of the All Blacks, spanning a 37 year career and now one of NZs most in demand speakers, straight talking and on the NZ Business...

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NZ Business Podcast 30: Chris Heaslip – CEO Pushpay

Chris Heaslip (CEO, Pushpay) talks with Paul Spain about building a $500m business in 6-years. Covers the early challenges with finding funds to pay a handful of staff through to...

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NZ Business Podcast 29: Mark Callander – CEO Vocus Group

Follow the story of Mark Callander (CEO, Vocus Group, NZ) who was rejected for Teachers College, instead built an impressive career in the telecommunications sector. Hear Mark as...

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NZ Business Podcast 28: Kea CEO – Craig Donaldson

In this episode Paul sits down Craig Donaldson, CEO of Kea New Zealand. Craig was previously a prominent figure in the global financial sector prior to returning NZ with his...

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NZ Business Podcast 27: A visit to Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco

Originally founded seven years ago by and Sam Morgan & John Holt; Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco is the groundbreaking support space for NZ companies transitioning into...

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NZ Business Podcast 26: Linda Jenkinson – Global Innovator

Linda Jenkinson was the second Kiwi ever to ever float a company on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Currently a director of Air New Zealand, today Linda shares her story and insights...

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NZ Business Podcast 25: Murray Holdaway – CEO, Vista Group

Murray Holdaway has over the last 21-years built Vista Group into a world leading global business with a market capitalisation well in excess of $400-million. Sit in on the...

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NZ Business Podcast 34: Mike Bennetts – CEO, Z Energy

Posted on 28 Mar 2018 in Featured, Podcast

NZ Business Podcast 34: Mike Bennetts – CEO, Z Energy

Mike Bennetts is the CEO of Z Energy – and winner of the Deloitte Top 200 Chief Executive of the Year in 2016. Early on he led the business through a rebrand from Shell NZ in 2011 and more recently the acquisition of Caltex. Today Z Energy has a market cap in excess of NZ$2.7 Billion. Hear the fascinating journey as Paul Spain talks with Mike Bennetts about how he end up leading a part of BP with $40B in revenues before he returned to NZ and ultimately take on the reigns at Z Energy. In addition to be CEO at Z Energy, Mike Bennetts is also the Chairman at Punakaiki Fund which makes long-term investments in high-growth firms.

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NZ Business Podcast 33: Darren Linton – CEO leading the transformation of Yellow

Posted on 18 Mar 2018 in Featured, Podcast

NZ Business Podcast 33: Darren Linton – CEO leading the transformation of Yellow

Leading a business that’s been disrupted by technology is no easy task, but Darren Linton, CEO at Yellow seems to really relish the task at hand as he leads the transformation of the company to make it relevant to New Zealand businesses again.

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NZ Business Podcast 32: David Hughes, Silicon Valley Founder/CEO – Silver Peak Systems

Posted on 10 Dec 2017 in Featured, Podcast

NZ Business Podcast 32: David Hughes, Silicon Valley Founder/CEO – Silver Peak Systems

Hear insights into building a business in the San Francisco Bay Area as Kiwi Founder/CEO Dr David Hughes shares his career story and that of his network technology firm Silver Peak Systems. This is unique chance to hear Paul Spain talk with David Hughes and gain insights from David’s experiences both in his firm Silver Peak Systems, and working with other companies including hypergrowth startup Stratacom, giant Cisco Systems and Venture Capital firm Benchmark Capital.

Not only did David Hughes raise some US$63-million in funding from leading Silicon Valley investors such as Benchmark Capital and Greylock Partners he also established Silver Peak Systems as one of very few companies in their space to survive, and soon after reach profitability – with some individual clients generating in excess of US$10-million/each. David shares his own experiences with career decisions, hiring, pivoting, taking advantage of client feedback and how the concept of the self driving car also has relevance in the field of computer networking.

In 2017, under David Hughes’ leadership, Silver Peak Systems has seen dramatic customer growth. Silver Peak is now a standout among Silicon Valley networking technology firms and is likely to keep attracting more attention in the year ahead.

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