Our People


Greg Allen

Greg Allen - Chief Executive Officer

Mr Allen was appointed CEO of Wellington in November 2011. Prior to joining Wellington, Mr Allen spent 23 years working internationally leading business development, supply chain and manufacturing organisations in Europe, North America and Asia. He is an experienced supply chain and business leader, having previously been responsible for the industrial and green technology business unit for Celestica, a highly regarded multinational supply chain services provider. Prior to Celestica, Mr Allen led a Canadian public company focused on VOIP products and also held senior roles with global contract manufacturing and engineering services companies. Originally from New Zealand, and with a technical background gained from six years in the New Zealand armed forces, Mr Allen brings to Wellington a broad market experience covering many industrial segments such as telecommunications, aerospace, capital equipment, consumer products and enterprise computing.

Steve Hodgson

Steve Hodgson - Senior Vice President Commercial

Mr Hodgson is currently Senior Vice President Commercial, and leads the company’s regional sale teams and corporate development activities. Mr Hodgson joined Wellington in August 2008 and at that time was responsible for investor relations, capital market activities, and all aspects of corporate strategy. He was appointed Vice President Corporate Services in 2009 and Chief Financial Officer in 2010. His responsibilities included supporting the CEO and the Board in developing and executing strategic plans; leading the corporate services team (finance, IT, legal, and human resource functions); and managing investor relations and funding programmes. Prior to joining Wellington, Mr Hodgson worked in equities research for 20 years and most recently was the head of research for Macquarie Securities in New Zealand from 2003 to 2008. He holds a BMS (Hons) from Waikato University with majors in accounting and economics.

David Howell

David Howell - Chief Technical Officer

Mr Howell is currently Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the company’s future technology roadmap and managing the product engineering and software development teams. Mr Howell joined Wellington as Engineering Manager in 1999. He has previously worked in new product development roles for Rover Group (UK), Fisher and Paykel Healthcare Corporation Ltd, and Tru-Test Ltd. He holds a BE (Hons) and DipBus from the University of Auckland and an MSc from Cranfield (UK). He is listed as inventor on 14 families of international patent applications, including several of Wellington’s core patents.

Howard Milliner

Howard Milliner - Chief Financial Officer

Mr Milliner joined Wellington in November 2012 as CFO, overseeing all financial and administrative operations and helps shape the overall strategy and direction for the company. He holds a BCom from University of Auckland and is a chartered accountant. He was previously CFO of a NZ-listed engineering business for 14 years and was the CEO and CFO of that company for seven of those years. Mr Milliner has had extensive experience in business acquisition and sales.

Mark Tinsel

Mark Tinsel - Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations

Mr Tinsel is Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations, responsible for the manufacturing, sustaining engineering, supply chain and revenue planning. Mr Tinsel joined Wellington in 2013 as the programme manager for sustaining engineering and was promoted to Head of Manufacturing in 2015 and Vice President in 2019. Prior to Wellington, he worked as a project manager for Electrix, balancing multiple projects, budgets and multidisciplinary teams. Mr Tinsel worked for 15 years for International Safety Laboratories (UL, Nemko) based in Auckland and London as a manager and was recognised as an authorised signatory for company Technical Reporting for international safety standards.

Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes - Global Quality Leader

Mr Barnes is currently Global Quality Manager, responsible for product quality, quality improvement and all company processes and procedures. Mr Barnes joined Wellington in 2003 as a senior electronic design engineer, he held many positions within the engineering team before changing his career direction and moving into quality management. Prior to starting at Wellington, Mr Barnes worked at a small start-up company as a design engineer where they developed an electronic shower for domestic applications.

David Burden

David Burden - Vice President, IoT Products and Marketing Services

Mr Burden joined Wellington in 2018 as part of the iProximity acquisition. He is an Australian entrepreneur with 30 years of experience leading start-ups and building successful technology businesses. He founded what became Australia’s largest and best-recognised interactive and mobile services company, Legion Interactive. After selling Legion to the Photon Group in 2005, he stayed for two years as executive chairman, during which time he also headed Photon Group’s “digital pillar” businesses. In 2008, he joined the ASX-listed digital media company Webfirm Group (now Adslot) as group CEO. Within three years he took it from a valuation of A$2m to a peak of A$120m. BRW named Webfirm Group Australia’s seventh-fastest growing company of 2008 in its annual Fast 100 report. It was the only Australian company to feature in the top five Deloitte Technology Fast 50 companies in both 2008 and 2009. In December 2013 Mr Burden and Rohan Lean established an exciting new IoT company iProximity, with a focus on proximity marketing and information services. iProximity was acquired by Wellington in July 2018.

Sales and Marketing Leadership

Erick Layseca

Erick Layseca - Business Development Director, Americas

Ali Karahasanoglu

Ali Karahasanoglu - Sales Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Clayton Thomas

Clayton Thomas – Sales and Marketing Director, Asia Pacific

Gerardo Gonzalez

Gerardo Gonzalez - Strategic Business Development, IoT solutions


Board of Directors

Mr John McMahon

John McMahon - Independent Director

Appointed October 2014.
Mr McMahon has over 20 years’ experience in the Australasian equity markets, predominantly as an equity analyst covering industries including telecommunications, media, gaming, transport and industrials. He was a former head of research and head of equities for ABN AMRO NZ and was managing director of ASB Securities for three years. John now manages his own investment portfolio through Sydney-based Auro Investment Management and is chairman of NZAX-listed Solution Dynamics Ltd (SDL). He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), an MBA and is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder.

Dr Lisbeth Jacobs

Dr Lisbeth Jacobs - Independent Director

Appointed May 2013.
Dr Jacobs, a native of Belgium, holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland and a Master of Science in Materials Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, where she also completed a post-graduate degree in business studies. Dr Jacobs has completed the Executive General Management programme at CEDEP-INSEAD, France. Dr Jacobs is currently Executive Director International at UniServices, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Auckland. In this role Dr Jacobs is responsible for all activities that the University of Auckland undertakes outside of New Zealand. She is a member of the Board of Energia Potior, a joint venture between UniServices and Yunca, which delivers technology solutions to the global aluminium industry. Dr Jacobs is chairwoman and legal representative of the University of Auckland Innovation Institute China in Hangzhou, China, a wholly foreign-owned entity operating as the newly established commercialisation and innovation branch of UniServices. Before taking up her current role, Dr Jacobs was director of strategy and development at The Icehouse, following a 13-year career with global corporate Bekaert, a world market and technology leader in steel wire and steel cord products and applications. Dr Jacobs held a range of positions at Bekaert including business development, strategy, mergers and acquisitions and research and development management, both in Belgium and China. Dr Jacobs is Honorary Consul of Belgium since August 2013.

Gottfried Pausch

Mr Gottfried Pausch - Independent Director

Appointed December 2013.
Mr Pausch currently serves as an independent director of McKay Ltd in Whangarei, Blackhawk Tracking Systems Ltd in Auckland and as executive chairman of Aucom Electronics Ltd in Christchurch. He is a director for one of the National Science Challenges, an initiative of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge aims to tackle New Zealand’s big high-tech challenges and to grow the economy. The research areas include materials, manufacturing and design, sensors, robotics and automation, plus IT data analytics and modelling.
Mr Pausch was the former CEO at Actronic Technologies and an executive in residence at The Icehouse. This follows a 22-year career with German engineering and electronics conglomerate Siemens, one of the world’s leading suppliers of products, solutions and services in the field of technology. During this period, he held the positions of CEO Siemens Energy Services Ltd and managing director of Siemens New Zealand. Mr Pausch holds an electrical engineering degree from Austria and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University in the USA.

John Scott

Mr John Scott - Independent Director

Appointed February 2019.
Mr Scott is currently executive vice president, product management vice president and a member of the corporate executive committee for Navico, a specialist electronics company and a world leader in marine electronics for the recreational market. He is concurrently chief operating officer, Asia Pacific region for Navico. Previous roles include global marketing, global operations and global product management roles with Navico, Brunswick Navman, plus business development engineering and project engineering roles with Ericsson/Volex (communications). He graduated from University of Auckland in 1997 with a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering. Mr Scott has 20 years of global experience in managing large multi-site supply chain operations, including design, technical support, procurement and delivery, with global pricing, maintenance and margin responsibility. He has been actively involved in multiple acquisition events and fundraising activities. He has an in-depth knowledge of the rapidly developing dynamics of global electronics supply, big data and IoT growth opportunities, and experience of Asia, European and North American markets.

Keith Oliver

Mr Keith Oliver - Independent Director

Appointed March 2019.
Mr Oliver was appointed director at Wellington in March 2019. He is also an independent director at Rakon Limited, Chairman of Blackhawk Tracking Limited, and Chairman of Healthvision (New Zealand) Limited. He has worked for more than 20 years’ in CEO, director and chairman roles, and has extensive experience expanding technology businesses in USA, South America, Europe, `Asia and Australia. Mr Oliver was Chairman of Actronic Technologies for 10 years, and Chairman of Compac Sorting Equipment Limited, where he also held leadership and board director roles. Mr Oliver has crown company governance experience in science and health, having worked as a director of New Zealand’s Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR). Prior to his governance roles, Mr Oliver had a 20-year career in telecommunications, broadcasting, strategic planning and private equity investment in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.