During his time at school, Greg was hooked on rugby. However, he commented that he was too small to make much of an impact. While this may have been true, he has made an impact time and time again in his long and successful professional career and continues to do so.
Those who knew Greg during his college years always believed that he was going to be a high achiever. He waltzed through secondary school where he gained his High School Certificate and continued to Otago University where he completed his BA in 1980 and MBA in 1982.
While his qualifications are impressive, it was a combination of those qualifications and his charismatic personality that helped him move rapidly to some of the top executive positions and opportunities in the country.
Greg became the CEO of the Warehouse Group from 1999 to 2003, before moving on to take up the Executive Chairmanship of Pumpkin Patch from 2004 to 2009. From there he went on to become the Managing Director/CEO of Tru-Test Ltd until September of 2017. Throughout his career, he has also been the non-executive Chairman of Tourism New Zealand and Pioneer Capital Management Ltd. He even found ways to indulge in his rugby interests he had during school by becoming a non-executive Chairman of the Blues Super 15 Franchise, Director of the Auckland Rugby Union and Trustee of the Eden Park Trust.
Due to his excellent work, Greg was named the 2007 Executive of the Year in the Deloitte/Management magazine Top 200 Awards.
Despite his already long list of career achievements, Greg continues to find ways of thinking, doing and growing. Since 2013 he has been working alongside a growing group of New Zealand agribusiness leaders as the Chairman of the Steering Committee, the governing committee of the Te Hono Movement.
Greg has certainly excelled professionally, holding positions in some of New Zealand’s most well-known companies and organisations, but while he has soared from success to success, he still has ties and strong connections to Matamata. He believes that Matamata College has high standards, quality teachers, and taught him good values that no doubt had an immense influence on his further studies and work.
Greg’s parents still reside in Matamata, and his two sisters Phillipa and Sally also went on to live their own successes.