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Google, Pepsico Execs To Speak In NZ At Conference

27 JANUARY 2012

An all-star line-up of speakers – including top brass from Google, Facebook, Pepsico, and Saatchi & Saatchi – will inspire 400 top businesspeople from around the world at the 2012 Entrepreneurs Organisation Queenstown University conference from 22 to 26 February 2012. Reservations for the five-star event – one of only three staged worldwide each year – sold out within only eight hours of release late last year, but this comes as no surprise to Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) Queenstown University Chairman Mat Wylie. “A speakers list as impressive as ours instantly appeals to EOs global membership of 8000 leading business owners in 40 countries,” he says.

“With the help of Kiwi Expats Abroad (KEA) weve tapped into their vast network and booked high-flying NZ businesspeople to share their success secrets and inspire our members to even greater heights.

“Its an honour to share the views of these special New Zealanders with some of the worlds most influential businesspeople and help showcase New Zealand itself as a place where brilliant ideas and innovation can flourish.”

Topping the list of star speakers will be Director of Engineering at Google, New Zealand-born Craig Nevill-Manning, who began his meteoric career with degrees from Canterbury and Waikato Universities.

Also on the schedule will be his Kiwi wife, Kirsten Nevill-Manning, who is Director of Human Resources at facebook and will be presenting on “The future of social media and how it will affect your business”.

Other Kiwis who have scaled the heights of international business will also be speaking, including Sarah Robb OHagan, who is now Pepsicos Gatorade President North America and Global Chief Marketing Officer, and Kevin Roberts, Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi. Pharmaceutical scientist, intraocular lens innovator, Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the Year 2010 and recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit Sir Ray Avery will also be speaking, along with Tim Alpe, CEO of tourism company Jucy and the 2010 New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to climb Bobs Peak with Mark Inglis, the only double amputee to climb Mt Everest, experience a Martin Jetpack simulator with inventor Glenn Martin, and enjoy a “fireside chat” with Jonah Lomu. “It all adds up to an amazing package of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and potentially gamechanging inspiration for our members. None of it would be possible of course without our generous sponsors, key partner New Zealand Trade and Enterprise along with KPMG, 2 Degrees Mobile, Air New Zealand, Jucy, BKA Interactive and Kiwi Expats Abroad,” says Wylie. www.eon

This first-ever EO University in New Zealand will be the best chance for our country to present our “number eight wire” philosophy in business, while encouraging other Kiwis who are eligible to become a member of the Entrepreneurs Organisation to make the most of this global business mentoring and networking group.

About Entrepreneurs Organisation NZ:

  • Total members: 46
  • Age range: 30 – 64
  • Sales range: US$1 – US$30million
  • Total member sales: US$322million
  • Average member sales: US$7.7million
  • Total employees: 1133

About Entrepreneurs Organisation worldwide:

  • Total members worldwide: More than 8,000
  • Average member age: 41
  • Total number of chapters worldwide: 120
  • Total sales of all members worldwide: More than US$138 billion
  • Average member sales: US$17.3 million
  • Average member employees: 182
  • Total number of workers that members employ worldwide: More than 1,500,000

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