Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015: Doug McKay

Lion man honoured for services to business and local government.

Douglas (Doug) Alexander McKay has been made an officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit for services to business and local government.

As managing director of Lion Breweries in Auckland and China for five years, Mr McKay led equity investment into China, new start-ups in Europe and significant growth in the US via a strategic partnership.

He was chief executive of tissue and packaging divisions in Carter Holt Harvey and led safety benchmarks for the whole group.

Mr McKay held various executive roles in Goodman Fielder in Sydney, achieved record profits in 2005 as CEO of Australasia’s largest seafood company Sealord, and successfully moved Independent Liquor from family to corporate ownership.

He holds governance roles in Genesis Energy, Ryman Healthcare, Insurance Australia Group New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, is chairman of Eden Park Trust and is a former chairman of Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Group and a board member of Auckland City Mission.

From 2010 to 2013 Mr McKay was the first chief executive of the new ‘supercity’ Auckland Council.

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