Alumni in Business
Otago Business School graduates continue to move up the corporate ladder around the country, including:
- Geoff Plunket (BCom, Accounting & Finance 1978) - Chief Executive, Port Otago
- Joe Snee (BPhEd 2005; BCom, Marketing & Management 2006; PGDipCom, Marketing & Management 2010) - Momentum Brands
- Tourism Dunedin Appointments
- Peter Muggleston (MBA 2005) - Foodstuffs
- Glen McCracken (BPhEd 2000; BCom, Management 2001) - Independent Liquor
- Daryl Clarkson (MBA 30 2006) Channel 9 (Dunedin)
- Richard Aitken (BCom, Management 1987) - Waterfront Auckland
- Murray Lawrence (BCom, Accounting 1975) High Street Developments
Geoff Plunket (BCom, Accounting & Finance 1978) as chief executive of Port Otago is overseeing the relocation of its subsidiary company Chalmers Property from Wellington to Port Chalmers. Chalmers Property oversees a $197 million property portfolio - $110 million in Dunedin, $65 million in Auckland and the balance in Hamilton – with the move designed to back Dunedin’s strong holding by having its head office in the south. Since Chalmers Property began trading in 1998 its property values have increased by $120 million.
Joe Snee (BPhEd 2005; BCom, Marketing & Management 2006; PGDipCom, Marketing & Management 2010) has been appointed national key account manager for Momentum Brands, the spirit and liquor division of Independent Liquor. Prior to this Auckland-based appointment Joe filled roles with Lion Nathan as a sales executive in both Hawke’s Bay and Auckland, and as a business development executive.
Tourism Dunedin Appointments - The potential offered by Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium and a focus on the Chinese market has provided a number of Business School graduates with exciting opportunities. After an internal ‘shake-up’ at Tourism Dunedin, several new positions have been established. Joining Josh Jenkins (BTour 2009, Co-ordinator - Domestic & Conference) who was featured in Alumnews, December 2011, is Bree Jones (BCom, Management 2001, Dip Grad 2002) in a role encompassing business events, tourism development and sales, and Justin Cashell (BCom, Marketing & Management 2000) to oversee tactical branding and marketing. Bree was formerly a business development executive at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Christchurch while Justin was the publications coordinator for the University’s marketing services division.
Peter Muggleston (MBA 2005) has recently been named Foodstuffs Auckland’s chief information officer. Peter has previously held roles at ASB Bank, Shell and Fletcher Energy and has significant experience in managing IT functions in New Zealand and offshore.
Glen McCracken (BPhEd 2000; BCom, Management 2001) has taken the reins as trade marketing manager (RTDs and spirits) at Independent Liquor in Auckland. Peter previously worked as national account manager for Frucor Beverages, part of the Progressive Enterprises group.
Daryl Clarkson (MBA 30 2006) is station manager at Dunedin’s Channel 9 and has begun negotiations with the state-owned transmission company Kordia to consider the digital switch over for local television. It’s an expensive exercise, one which has already forced the Auckland-based national channel Stratos to discontinue.
Richard Aitken (BCom, Management 1987) is the manager, property and assets, for Waterfront Auckland. Richard has over 22 years in the property investment and asset management markets in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and extensive experience in property investment through the sale and purchase of over $400 million of property assets. At Waterfront Auckland Richard is responsible for managing relationships with new and existing lessees, delivering the project to market, establishing ground lease structures, developing agreements and working with the fishing and marine industries.
Murray Lawrence (BCom, Accounting 1975) is nearing the completion of a residential development in High Street in Dunedin. The building of the four three-bedroom, two bathroom contemporary townhouses will continue the re-development the High Street area is currently enjoying, High Street being home to many business people and medical practitioners and specialists in the late 19th and early 20th century. Murray is so taken with the construction that he and his wife Beverley will live in one of the four townhouses.
Pocketsmith - Dunedin-based technology company PocketSmith recently contested the BNZ Start-Up Alley competition, losing out to the eventual winner Go Vocab of Wellington. Co-founded by Jason Leong (BCom, Management 1992; Dip Grad, Marketing & Management 1993; DipCom, Marketing & Management 1994; MCom, Marketing and Management 1996; DipBus (Monash), 2000) and Francois Bondiguel (PGDipCom, Management 2007), PocketSmith has developed a personal finance management tool which allows users to track their expenses on their mobile phone. PocketSmith is part of the University’s Centre for Innovation Distiller.