Keynote Speaker


John Kippenberger
Fmr CEO, Manuka Health NZ Ltd

John Kippenberger is an experienced CEO and MD specialising in company growth and turnarounds in fast moving consumer goods across a range of international markets. 

Prior to joining Manuka Health in February 2016, John was the Managing Director and part owner of Premier Beehive NZ, the high growth NZ FMCG business specialising in quality food products (Beehive, Premier and Freedom Farm brands). At this time John was also a board member of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council and continues to hold investments in other food companies. In Australia, John spent four years as CEO of the Australian meat and dairy business of George Weston Foods Ltd. 

After joining Manuka Health in 2016 John has built a high-performing executive team which has driven strong sales growth through a strategy of investing in focused innovation, exciting brand execution and channel expansion in key markets. The company enjoys a pure focus on delivering quality end-to-end bee products expertise and in the past 2 years has made substantial progress in building out its own Apiculture operations. Together with the company’s long and deep beekeeper supplier partnerships this combined platform delivers quality honey to meet Manuka Health’s strong sales growth.

Having sold the company in 2019 and completed the transition to the new ownership John has recently left Manuka Health to focus on governance roles and further private equity investments.

Check out this Q&A with John Kippenberger in the lead up to his presentation at PwC Herald Talks.