According to John, it is exciting and a privilege to be able to bring together finance, connections and assets to create newer, bigger entities.
John’s main responsibility has been to set the capital strategy and structure for the McConnell Group. In particular, this has involved a close working relationship with McConnell Property to establish the overall capital structures for its many development projects — managing risk and optimising return.
John has also been responsible for overseeing the treasury management and investment activities across the McConnell Group. John’s background and experience in corporate finance was gained while working with Merrill Lynch in New York, and Jarden Corporation in New Zealand. This was followed by a few years with McConnell Dowell where he assisted in the financial restructuring and sale of the business and later was responsible for a new business development in Saudi Arabia.
John’s qualifications include an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire, USA) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the University of Melbourne.
He is a trustee of the Cornwall Park Board, continuing the legacy established by Sir John Logan Campbell. John is also co-director of Wairaka Land Co.