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Board of Directors


Phil Veal
Jo Allison
Nicky Bell
Rob Cameron
Craig Donaldson
John Lumsden
Stefan Preston

 Phil Veal’s passion and drive to help New Zealand prosper has seen him elected as Chairman of Kea’s new board.
Phil has been involved with Kea as co-chairman of Kea North America, and as a mentor in Kea’s Venture Mentor Network since 2007, where he has helped connect New Zealand companies with key contacts and investors he works with in the US.
A partner at middle-market advisory firm Growfire in New York City, Phil works with Fortune 500 companies in the US and around the world to manage cross-border banking mergers, helping them lead major strategic change to reinvent their organisations.
In 2008 Phil launched management consulting company PIPC into the Americas, building the company into a global project management firm within two years. PIPC was acquired by a NASDAQ-listed company in 2010. 
Prior to launching PIPC, Phil was a principal consultant for PA Consulting, a global management, IT consulting, technology and innovation consultancy. During his time with PA Consulting, Phil worked in Singapore, London and New York with start-up ventures and large corporates to create and drive value for their businesses.
He started his career with global engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald, working in London and Hong Kong. Phil has a Bachelor of Engineering with honours from the University of Canterbury, and is a Director of non-profit education fund organization ANZA, the American New Zealand Association. He is also a member of ACG, the Association for Corporate Growth. View Phil's LinkedIn profile.

 Jo Allison is the Chief Operating Officer of Gen-i, Telecom New Zealand’s ICT services division, responsible for delivering operational excellence and a differentiated client experience through leadership of the operations, commercial and marketing teams. She took up this role in April 2013, following four months as Acting CEO of Gen-i and two and a half years as General Manager of Operations and Marketing.  
Jo's career at Telecom started as a graduate over 16 years ago, and she has gone on to hold a variety of senior leadership roles across the Telecom Group including Head of Marketing for Telecom and General Manager of Marketing and Strategy at Gen-i. Jo left Telecom briefly in the late 1990s to gain experience overseas, and was responsible for Business Customer Services at Telewest Plc (now Virgin Media) in London for four years. Jo returned to New Zealand and rejoined the Telecom Group in 2003 and has been a member of the Gen-i leadership team since May 2008.
Jo is an inspirational role model for many within and beyond the Telecom Group, and has played an active role in mentoring young women.  She was one of 16 New Zealand participants in the 2011 Global Women in Leadership Programme and is one of a few female leaders with New Zealand’s leading ICT companies. Jo has a Bachelor of Arts Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA), Economics and Psychology from the University of Auckland. View Jo’s LinkedIn profile.

 Nicky Bell’s passion for New Zealand has seen her return to New Zealand after 30 years abroad to share her international experiences with local organisations. Nicky has spent most of her career at the cutting edge of the advertising world and believes that creativity, properly applied, is one of the last remaining ‘unfair advantages’ in marketing and business. Returning to New Zealand in 2010 Nicky took up the role of CEO at renowned agency Saatchi & Saatchi, restructuring the company to become a smaller, more collaborative culture that is more conducive to generating creative solutions for clients. Nicky also sits on the board of the CAANZ industry body and the Middlemore Foundation For Health Innovation. 
Nicky has spent the last decade working in New York and the decade prior to that in Australia. She began her advertising career at Ogilvy & Mather in Sydney working on Unilever brands, American Express, Xerox and government health campaigns. After eight years there, she was transferred to their New York office. 
Over the next ten years, she earned a seat on the Ogilvy New York board (the youngest person to achieve this) and became a ‘global warrior’ roaming to London, Singapore, China, Brazil, BA, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Budapest, etc., as Worldwide Managing Director on global brands like Motorola, Kodak, Avon and Dove. Nicky’s passion is for the power of creativity and insight applied to complex business problems. View Nicky's LinkedIn profile. 

 Rob Cameron is the executive chairman of Cameron Partners, a leading New Zealand investment bank. With more than 25 years experience he is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most skilled investment bankers and has led and advised on many high profile transactions. 
Before he became an investment banker Rob was a senior advisor in the New Zealand Treasury and was one of the principal architects of the New Zealand ‘SOE Model’ in the early 1980s. Rob has a BCA in Economics with First Class Honours from Victoria University and an MPA (Finance & Economics) from Harvard University. He is a Harkness Fellow, a Hunter Fellow of Victoria University and a Fellow of INFINZ. 
His past board memberships include Chairman of the Capital Markets Development Taskforce, Chairman of the New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation, a member of the Board of Trustees of Special Olympics New Zealand and a member of the Advisory Board for the Victoria University Faculty of Commerce and Administration. Rob was also a member and Treasurer of the Council of Victoria University, Wellington.  View Rob's LinkedIn profile.

Craig DonaldsonCraig Donaldson is both a global board member and CEO of Kea. Craig has a successful record in global banking with large financial institutions, having held management positions at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank and Banker's Trust in the UK and America. As the former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland's North American Foreign Exchange business, Craig led the division's growth into the top five of foreign exchange businesses in North America. Craig is also an investor and entrepreneur, and recently returned to New Zealand with his family.  View Craig's LinkedIn profile.

 John Lumsden is the chair of the New Zealand Standards Council, Moxie Communications Limited, and Virtual Expos New Zealand Limited. He was President of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce, and an establishment board member and director of Grow Wellington, the region’s economic development agency.
Until early 2007 John was chief executive of the Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited, a position he held from when it was established as a State Owned Enterprise in 1992. He was an elected member of the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organisation. John’s work experience started with ICI in the UK, then Alcan in Jamaica and Canada, Unilever Canada, and Labatt Breweries of Canada.
In 2005 he set up Growlypaw Limited, a business growth advisory consultancy, while also being elected the chair of Aviation NZ, and becoming a member of the board of Windsor Engineering Group as well as serving on the board of Refugee Aoterora Services Inc. from 2007 to 2009. View John's LinkedIn profile. 

 Stefan Preston, heralded as one of New Zealand’s most successful CEO’s, is the co-founder and director of Ingenio, an investment and management company that assists and invests in New Zealand start up companies. With a career history of successfully turning around numerous retail, apparel, and design companies’ fortunes in Europe, North America, Middle East and Australasian markets he brings a wealth of experience to the Kea Board. 
Stefan operates through private company Ingenio - which is co-owned by his wife Leslie (a fellow Stanford MBA). Prior to starting Ingenio Stefan was the Chief Executive Officer of Bendon in New Zealand, from April 2002 to 2007, and the CEO of Pacific Retail from 1991 to 2001. In 1997 Stefan took on the role of managing director of Whitcoulls and was responsible for the overall management and leadership of the organisation.
Stefan’s skills lie in helping companies in their branding and identity, design, retail, sourcing, strategic planning, and leadership. A Stanford University MBA graduate, Stefan also has a B.E. (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland. View Stefan's LinkedIn profile. 

Ex-Officio Directors

 Scott Brown is the chair of Kea China and the founder and managing director of REDFERN Associates, a Shanghai-based advisory and corporate services firm. On a day-to-day basis Scott’s business is to assist companies wanting market access into China and provide situation analyses and information to companies preparing to launch into the Chinese market.
Scott’s experience in China began in 1997 with investment projects including China’s largest aquarium and Shanghai SOE leather tannery joint ventures for VC and a publicly listed company. He furthered his career as China CFO, then managing director of a multi-national packaging group, Asia development director for an NYSE publicly listed talent company, and later as director of finance and board chairman for a leading European measuring equipment company.
Scott was key note speaker on China strategy and market entry for New Zealand’s historic China FTA, he holds accounting and post graduate finance degrees from the University of Otago, and is a professionally qualified and registered member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. View Scott's LinkedIn profile.

Richard Dellabarca, based in London, is Chair of Kea UK and Chief Financial Officer, Chi-X Global Inc. He is the former Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of Staccato Communications Inc (formerly Artimi), a venture capital funded wireless semiconductor company that raised over $90m in six years.
Prior to this, Richard was an investment banker for a number of years with BZW and then ABN AMRO, working in both New Zealand and Australia in M&A and Equity Capital Markets. He also spent two years at Coopers & Lybrand working in Corporate Tax. Richard has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant. View Richard's LinkedIn profile.

Mark Smith is based in Sydney and has been a director of Kea in Australia for the past 5 years. Mark owns and operates the commercial law firm ANZ Lawyers, which operates in both Australia and New Zealand. He has an LLB and an MBA (Hons) from the University of Canterbury.
Mark’s legal practices include acting on a broad range of commercial legal work. Mark’s specialist areas of work include capital markets work and mergers and acquisitions, particularly for small and medium sized businesses. Mark has a special interest in assisting NZ-based businesses to raise equity capital outside of NZ. View Mark's LinkedIn profile. 



Founding Directors

 Sir Stephen Tindall is the former Chair of Kea. He is the founder of The Warehouse Group and co-founder and trustee of The Tindall Foundation. The Warehouse is New Zealand's largest non-food retailer with over 7,500 employees and revenues of NZ$1.7B. The Tindall Foundation seeks to fund not-for-profit organisations, assist New Zealanders in reaching their full potential, and help grow a stronger New Zealand. It is the largest private foundation by capital measurement in Australasia. Stephen co-founded the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development in 1999. He served on the Prime Minister's Enterprise Council during the Jim Bolger and Jenny Shipley governments, then worked with Helen Clark's government on the Science and Innovation Advisory Board, and chaired the Growth and Innovation Advisory Council. Stephen is a founding and current board member of The New Zealand Institute. He holds honorary doctorates from AUT University and Massey University, and has received numerous awards including: NZ Herald 'Business Person of the Year' 1997, Deloitte/Management Magazine 'Executive of the Year' 1998, Peter Blake Leadership Award 2006, and the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) in 2009. Through his investment company K1W1, Stephen has invested in over 100 New Zealand start-up companies focused on export through innovation and clean technology. 

 Professor David Teece is the Tusher Professor at the University Of California, Berkeley. He has an MA (first class honours) from the University of Canterbury and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania as well as on several corporate boards. David has held teaching and research positions at Stanford and Oxford Universities and is on the Accenture list of the world's top 50 business intellectuals. He has received numerous prizes, and four honorary doctorates, in recognition of his scholarly research and institution building contributions. He is Executive Chairman of the Berkeley Research Group, an expert services firm which he co-founded in 2010. His most recent book is “Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management,” Oxford University Press 2009. David is involved in several New Zealand ventures in farming, forestry, viticulture (Mt Beautiful), engineering, and natural resources.