Kea CEO Craig Donaldson joins The Icehouse board

craig 0001Craig Donaldson, Global CEO of Kea, has joined the board of business growth hub The Icehouse. Mr Donaldson has been one of New Zealand’s most prominent figures in the global financial sector prior to returning home with his family in 2014.

Chris Quin, Chair of The Icehouse, says he and the other board members are extremely happy to have Mr Donaldson join them.

“The board of The Icehouse see real strategic value in linking up the activities of supporting Kiwi SME and entrepreneurs with the global diaspora of New Zealand and Craig’s appointment provides a great link between The Icehouse and Kea for the benefit of these Kiwi firms.”

Mr Donaldson has held senior management positions at some of the world’s largest financial institutions, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and Banker’s Trust. He currently sits on Boards for organisations across a range of sectors. As the former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s North American Foreign Exchange business, Mr Donaldson led the division’s growth into the top five foreign exchange businesses in North America. Mr Donaldson is well known and regarded within the Kea network.

Mr Donaldson says he is looking forward to working with the other board members on the strategic direction of The Icehouse.

“One of the things I observed since coming back from New York was the opportunity and need to amplify the message of Kiwi entrepreneurs into global networks. We have some work to-do in NZ to make this easier for both the entrepreneurs and our Kiwi friends around the world. I am excited to be joining the board of The Icehouse and supporting it to achieve some important ambitions for New Zealand into the future.”

Phil Veal, Global Chairman of Kea, says the ongoing symbiotic relationship between Kea and The Icehouse will only improve with Mr Donaldson’s appointment.

“Kea and The Icehouse have been working in syndication for a while now, and with Craig’s involvement across the two, our expats and our local SMEs will have more opportunities to connect with one another to leverage New Zealand’s global experience and insight.”