Born and educated in New Zealand, Malcolm has a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Auckland University. He spent his early career as an officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander, before joining the staffing services and recruitment industry in 1984. He worked in a variety of senior roles in New Zealand, Australia and North America as well as spending time in Asia and Europe. From 1996 he was CEO of Manpower Australia and New Zealand.
He joined the publicly listed Coates Hire in 2003 as CEO, and oversaw a period of rapid and sustained growth as the company consolidated its position in the Australian equipment rental market as well as rationalising their overseas operations. In early 2008 Coates became the largest public to private transaction in Australia. Malcolm was appointed to lead the merger and manage the integration with National Hire before stepping down July 2008.
In September 2008 he became the CEO of Futuris Corporation that changed its name to Elders Limited in April 2009. During his tenure he initiated a significant business restructure and change in strategic direction focussing the group operations on its core agribusinesses. Elders transformed itself into one of Australia’s largest Agribusinesses having divested its Automotive business and successfully wound down its Forestry operations as well as divesting a significant number of non core or underperforming assets. This was achieved despite the company being under significant pressure with an over geared balance sheet and constrained working capital.
Malcolm was appointed as Chief Executive of DefenceSA 25 August 2014
Photography By Gainsborough
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