Our People

Meet the people who make up our global leadership

Scott is a truly global organisation, with over 600 employees across twelve countries. Meet the people leading our highly skilled team in transforming industries through automation and robotics.

Executive Leadership

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John Kippenberger

Chief Executive Officer

John joined Scott as CEO in late 2019 as an experienced business leader with a successful career as CEO of several 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.

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Cameron Mathewson

Chief Financial Officer

Cameron was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2021. He has significant experience in leading business transformation and organisational performance improvement. Cameron has held a number of senior financial and commercial leadership roles with large listed companies and co-operatives in both the UK and New Zealand. This includes Chief Financial Officer for Alliance Group, a $2bn farmer-owned Red Meat co-operative where he was part of an executive team that drove a significant turnaround. Previously he has been Chief Financial Officer/General Manager Corporate Services for Brand Developers Ltd, Australasia’s leading Direct Response Television company, and also Commercial Finance Manager Sales and Marketing for Fonterra Brands. He has a Bachelor of Management Studies, Economics and Finance from the University of Waikato.

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Casey Jenkins

Group GM – People, ESG, Marketing & President Scott Mining

Casey joined the company in 2014 and manages the global Marketing and People functions of the Group. Responsible for the delivery of the overall Marketing, Communication and HR strategies for the Scott Group including all subsidiary companies and brands.

Casey’s role as Marketing Director includes communications, branding and marketing strategy. Her role also extends to cover the People side of the business, focusing on building a high-performance organisational culture, team values, employee branding and communication.

Prior to joining Scott, Casey held marketing roles in various business-to-business and consumer branded companies, including R&R Sport and Icebreaker.

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Aaron Vanwalleghem

President Europe & North America

Aaron joined Scott in 2013 (then Alvey). Responsible for sales, engineering, operations and services in material handling, BladeStop and appliances for the European Market. Aaron was a key part and shareholder of the Alvey Group and joined Scott alongside the acquisition in 2018. During his time with Alvey, and now Scott, he has held many key positions within the company, including Project Manager, Head of PMA, Service Manager and Operations Manager. Aaron has a Master in Economics from the University of Leuven (BE).

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Cathy Zhang

Regional 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.

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Andrew Arnold

General Manager - New Zealand

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.

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Rob Niggl

General Manager - Australia

Rob started with Scott in June 2023 and is a highly experienced business leader with a proven track record of successfully delivering P&L and operational improvement business strategies as well as leading high performing leadership teams.

Rob is a qualified engineer and spent his early career as a senior project engineer before moving into operational and strategic leadership. Rob brings to Scott a wealth of experience having worked across both large and small FMCG organisations including Bega / Lion Dairy & Drinks, George Weston Foods, Noumi and Kraft.

Global Leadership

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John Dalzell

Director - Appliances

John began his career with Scott in 1994 as a design cadet. Contributing to the design, commissioning and installation of many automation systems, John went on to be a Production Manager at an automation company in the baking industry before becoming their Operations Manager. In 2004, He returned to Scott to focus on growing bespoke automation sales and establishing our service business. John has worked alongside some of the worlds largest and most successful manufacturers over his 25+ years within our appliance business. As the Director of Appliances, He is responsible for the business development and growth of the appliance sector globally.

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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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Michael Crombie

Corporate Financial Controller

Michael joined Scott in 2019 and is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities within the Scott group. Michael has gained a wide range of financial and business experience from working in a number of different industries and locations throughout his career to date.

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Kasia Liu

Group Health & Safety Manager

Kasia joined Scott in January 2023 as Group Health and Safety Manager; she is experienced across a range of industries in both private and public sectors and has worked in various diverse and complex global corporations. She brings her strong business acumen and a wealth of Health, Safety and Wellbeing experience from within manufacturing, engineering, warehousing, facilities management, retail/sales and corporate environments.

As the Group Health and Safety Manager, she is responsible for leading and driving the Scott Global Health and Safety strategy to ensure continuous improvement in all health and safety aspects via an authentic and people-centred culture that continues to thrive. Kasia holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and is NEBOSH qualified.

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Steve Henshaw

Director - Project Management

Steve has been a member of the Scott team for 19 years. Joining the company as a Project Manager in 2002, he has delivered many large-scale projects for geographically dispersed customers for the Appliance business.

Within Scott, Steve has had various roles including, Manager of Special Projects, Christchurch Operations Manager, Projects Director and now Group Manager – PMO. This role focuses on Project Management best practices while providing leadership and mentoring to the Project Management team. Steve also plays a key role in facilitating the company’s Work Force Planning activities which ensures project commitments are achieved.

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Werner Conradie

General Manager - Rocklabs

Werner started with Scott in July 2021, he is a proficient professional renowned for his expertise in strategy formulation, thorough implementation, and focusing on cultivating of a thriving organisational culture. With an impressive track record of collaborating with numerous large multinational enterprises throughout New Zealand and Australia, Werner brings a wealth of experience to the table.

Currently serving as the General Manager of Rocklabs, a global division of Scott Technology, Werner leads with a hands-on approach, steering the company towards growth and success through innovation and strategic execution. Rocklabs specialises in offering cutting-edge products and semi-automated solutions in the mining sample preparation industry. Werner’s ability lies in devising strategic blueprints that guide companies on the path of progress, executing plans with tact, and nurturing an atmosphere of inclusivity and cooperation within workplaces.