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Executive Team

John Kippenberger

Chief Executive Officer

John is an experienced business leader who has a successful career as CEO of a number of international business-to-business and consumer branded companies.  This has included time in Australia as CEO of several industrial companies of George Weston Foods Limited before leading their large meat & dairy organisation which included 1,200 people operating across seven factories.

After returning to New Zealand in 2006, John was a part-owner and the Chief Executive of Premier Beehive NZ Limited.  More recently, John led the exponential growth and development of Manuka Health NZ Limited.  This included expansion of the company’s agricultural and factory operations, along with an acquisition in Germany and the opening of company operations in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and parts of South East Asia and China.

Kate Rankin

Chief Financial Officer

Kate joined Scott in 2020 and is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities within the Scott group.  Kate has extensive financial and business experience, all with an international focus, gained from working in a number of different industries and locations throughout her career to date. 

Chris Hopkins

Director - Sales

In December 2019 Chris took over responsibility for the sales function throughout the Scott Group.  This includes sales strategy and execution across all product and industry sectors, and is a lead role in driving the future growth across all markets.

Prior to taking on the Sales Director role Chris was Chief Executive of Scott for 13 years.  His earlier roles at Scott include CFO from 1994 until 2001 when he was responsible for the financial and commercial side including the listing of Scott Technology Ltd on the NZ Stock Exchange. In 2001 Chris moved into general management and was appointed Executive Director responsible for diversification of the business until being appointed Chief Executive in 2006.

 Before Scott, Chris spent ten years working for Deloitte, including several years in Deloitte’s London, UK office.

Barbara Webster

Director - Group R&D Strategy

Barbara joined SCOTT Technology in 2013 and is responsible for business development and innovation at the company. She manages new areas of growth as well as research and development, drawing from years of experience in science management and technology commercialisation. Having entered the industry as a materials scientist, Barbara's background now spans the entire innovation process from end to end. She has consulted for the infrastructure and engineering industries and is an experienced team builder.

Casey Jenkins

Director - Global Marketing

Casey joined the company in 2014 and manages the marketing function for the Scott Group. Responsible for the delivery of the overall marketing and communication strategy for the Scott Group and all subsidiary companies and brands.

Casey has over 12 years’ experience working in marketing roles in both the public and private sector for local and global organizations. 

Andrew Arnold

Director - Meat Processing

Andrew is responsible for the development and commercialisation of SCOTT's meat processing technology. He has been actively involved in this technology since it started seven years ago and is responsible for developing the patented technology which is recognised as world leading in the field. Andrew has over 30 years' experience in working with automated machinery for SCOTT Technology. Andrew is also a Director of Robotic Technologies Limited and NS Innovations Pty Limited.

Steve Russell

Director - Mining

Steve is responsible for SCOTT’s business development and growth in the mining sector, including applications in sample preparation, advanced sensing, automation and certified reference materials.

Steve has an engineering and computer science background and has extensive experience in implementing technology and innovation projects across the mining and metals industries globally.

Ken Snowling

Director - Appliances

Ken is responsible for the sales and development of appliance automation systems. He is supported by a highly experienced team of sales, engineering and technical support people based in New Zealand, USA, Italy and China. Ken has over 35 years' experience in engineering. He started as an apprentice toolmaker, moving through to mechanical design, industrial engineering, project management, and sales and marketing.

Tony Joyce

Director - Industrial Automation

Tony has 25 years’ experience with SCOTT Technology and is based in Marion, Ohio, being responsible for market development in the Americas. Prior to this, Tony was part of the Industrial Automation team, working with local industries, universities and government seed-funding bodies developing automated solutions for their businesses, as well as spending two years in China after setting up a sales and service office to support the Asian market.

Cathy Zhang

Director - China

Cathy Joined Scott in 2007 and manages the operation of SSQ .Responsible for the sales, manufacturing and service of the sheet metal forming machine within China ,and meanwhile providing the cost-saving parts and assembly for the Group.

Renaud Vanrysselberghe

Director - Service

Renaud was the Services Director for the former Alvey Group which became Scott Europe since April 2018.  Recently, Renaud has been appointed as General Manager Global Service to develop the business of the Service department for the Scott Group at the Global level.

Frederic Hermier

Director - Materials Handling & Logistics

Frederic has been involved in the Alvey business since 1995 in different sales positions. He is now responsible for the business development of Materials Handling & Logistics for the Scott Group globally.

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