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Skyline Enterprises appoints Geoff McDonald as new CEO

Skyline Enterprises appoints Geoff McDonald as new CEO

May 1, 2017. For immediate release

Tourism and property company Skyline Enterprises has appointed experienced international business leader Geoff McDonald as the company’s new chief executive.

Rotorua-born and raised McDonald is most recently the former vice president and general manager of global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia and has a track record for transforming businesses and delivering results. He has spent the past 20 years working in commercial roles across Australia, China, Singapore, South East Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Currently based in Melbourne, McDonald will shortly move to Queenstown to begin his position with Skyline on June 1.

While new to the tourism industry, McDonald plans to apply his business acumen, strategic outlook and strong company culture focus to lead the varied Skyline business portfolio through current and future growth phases.

“The Skyline business is an incredible success story, a tribute to the vision and passion of its founders but equally to the energy and talent of the staff who have built this amazing organisation,” McDonald says.

“I’m not coming in to replace any of the huge amounts of expertise within Skyline. My job is to provide leadership and direction over strategy, infrastructure, people development and systems and processes to enable the company to grow successfully into the future,” he adds.

“I am humbled and honoured to be given the opportunity to join Skyline, and I look forward to meeting the Skyline team and working collectively to take this enterprise to even bigger heights.”

As the former leader of GSK Australia – which employs about 400 people – McDonald led a turnaround in GSK’s $650 million Australian business, delivering sustainable profit growth above target of between 7-11% over four consecutive years. Prior to that, he was the general manager of GSK New Zealand, from 2009-2012.

Other career highlights include leading a successful portfolio divestment ($150m) and consequent restructure of operations and culture, successfully launching new healthcare products with one asset reaching $250m in turnover, and leading an industry-first transformation of the Pharma commercial model to create digital multi-channel customer engagement platforms.

McDonald is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters in Business Marketing from Monash University in Melbourne, as well as a Bachelor of Education and Psychology from Waikato University.

He and his wife Rose are excited about the move to Queenstown. They and their two children, Emily, 22, and Callum, 20, are avid skiers, trail runners, hikers and McDonald regularly competes in long-distance triathlons and multi-sport events.

“Queenstown’s going to be a mecca for all of us. We are really looking forward to settling down there and becoming a part of the community.”

Skyline Enterprises executive chairman Mark Quickfall says with the scale and growth of Skyline it was imperative the Board appoint a seasoned CEO with the right skillset and management style.

“We are very pleased to welcome Geoff on board. Geoff has an impressive track record in business and brings with him a good mix of maturity and commercial acumen. This really appealed to Skyline, as we strive to continually expand and develop our diverse range of businesses. We look forward to Geoff joining the Skyline team,” Quickfall says.

Geoff McDonald’s LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.


Photo caption:
Skyline Enterprises’ new chief executive Geoff McDonald

For more information, please contact:
Skyline Enterprises Executive Chairman Mark Quickfall – +64 27 433 6576,
Skyline Enterprises CEO Geoff McDonald – +61 477 305 751

About Skyline Enterprises
Skyline Enterprises is a pioneering New Zealand-owned company that owns and operates a diverse range of businesses: gondola, luge and related food and beverage operations; international luge operations, adventure, aviation and marine activities; casino and entertainment operations; accommodation businesses and ownership and rental of Queenstown commercial properties.  Established in 1966, Skyline Enterprises is based in Queenstown with operations throughout New Zealand and internationally in Canada, Singapore and South Korea. The Skyline Enterprises board of directors are: Mark Quickfall (executive chairman), Donald Jackson, Richard Thomas, Grant Hensman, Jan Hunt and Sarah Ottrey.

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.