Cleaning Up. Leadership in an age of climate change.

Ep19: Mike Bennetts 'Leadership from the Heart of the Problem'

Episode Summary

From CEO of Z Energy to founding the Climate Leaders Coalition, Mike Bennetts has had an immense impact on New Zealand’s position in reducing emissions in the country. Mike and Michael sit down from other sides of the world for the 19th episode of Cleaning Up. Mike Bennetts is presently the founding Chief Executive of Z Energy Ltd, the company that purchased the downstream (refining and marketing) business of Shell in New Zealand in April 2010 and Chevron in June 2016. As a result of an IPO in August 2013, Z is now dual listed on the ASX and NZX and ranks in the NZX10. He has accumulated 35 years of experience in the global energy industry with his expertise in supply, trading and marketing businesses covering both consumer and business to business segments. In 1983 he joined BP in New Zealand with his early roles being based in sales, marketing, information technology and finance. From 1992 to 2008 he served in various senior leadership roles in South Africa, China, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Mike has served as a Director of various private and public companies and joint ventures in Singapore, China and South Africa. He is presently a Director of Loyalty New Zealand Limited and the Chair of Punakaiki Fund Limited, a $50m investment fund that makes long term investments into high growth, revenue generating New Zealand technology companies. Mike holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Management. He graduated as a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Management from Massey University where he was recognised as a Massey Scholar because of his academic record. Key links Official Bio: https://z.co.nz/about-z/who-is-z-energy/our-leadership-team/ Bosses in Lockdown: Z Energy’s Mike Bennetts (Wednesday 8th of April 2020) (radio) CEO of Z Energy Mike Bennetts joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how he's faring at home, and how the lockdown is impacting Z's business. https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/heather-du-plessis-allan-drive/audio/bosses-rebuilding/bosses-in-lockdown-z-energys-mike-bennetts/ First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ Leadership in extraordinary times Q&A: Z chief executive Mike Bennetts (4th of September 2020) https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/300099262/leadership-in-extraordinary-times-qa-z-chief-executive-mike-bennetts Z Energy’s crisis management lessons (24th of March 2020) - Rod Oram talks with Z Energy's Mike Bennetts about "Code Red" preparations for the Covid-19 pandemic and the key lessons the company has learnt so far https://www.newsroom.co.nz/z-energy-rod-oram Climate change needs Covid-level urgency from politicians (24th of August 2020) https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/green-business/300084420/climate-change-needs-covidlevel-urgency-from-politicians NZ Business Podcast 34: Mike Bennetts - CEO, Z Energy (March 25th, 2018) https://nz-business-podcast-paul-spain.simplecast.com/episodes/41365fc2-41365fc2 About Cleaning Up Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation (and a drink) with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development. Each episode covers the technical ground on some aspect of the low-carbon transition – but it also delves into the nature of leadership in the climate transition: whether to be optimistic or pessimistic; how to communicate in order to inspire change; personal credos; and so on. And it should be fun – most of the guests are Michael’s friends. Follow Cleaning Up on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUp](https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUp) Follow Cleaning Up on Linkedin: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleaning-up-with-michael-liebreich](https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleaning-up-with-michael-liebreich) Follow Cleaning Up on Facebook: [https://www.facebook.com/MLCleaningUp](https://www.facebook.com/MLCleaningUp) Links to other Podcast Platforms: [https://www.cleaningup.live/](https://www.cleaningup.live/)

Episode Notes

From CEO of Z Energy to founding the Climate Leaders Coalition, Mike Bennetts has had an immense impact on New Zealand’s position in reducing emissions in the country. Mike and Michael sit down from other sides of the world for the 19th episode of Cleaning Up.

 

Mike Bennetts is presently the founding Chief Executive of Z Energy Ltd, the company that purchased the downstream (refining and marketing) business of Shell in New Zealand in April 2010 and Chevron in June 2016. As a result of an IPO in August 2013, Z is now dual listed on the ASX and NZX and ranks in the NZX10.

 

He has accumulated 35 years of experience in the global energy industry with his expertise in supply, trading and marketing businesses covering both consumer and business to business segments. In 1983 he joined BP in New Zealand with his early roles being based in sales, marketing, information technology and finance. From 1992 to 2008 he served in various senior leadership roles in South Africa, China, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

 

Mike has served as a Director of various private and public companies and joint ventures in Singapore, China and South Africa. He is presently a Director of Loyalty New Zealand Limited and the Chair of Punakaiki Fund Limited, a $50m investment fund that makes long term investments into high growth, revenue generating New Zealand technology companies.

 

Mike holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Management. He graduated as a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Management from Massey University where he was recognised as a Massey Scholar because of his academic record.

 

Key links

Official Bio: https://z.co.nz/about-z/who-is-z-energy/our-leadership-team/      

 

Bosses in Lockdown: Z Energy’s Mike Bennetts (Wednesday 8th of April 2020) (radio)

CEO of Z Energy Mike Bennetts joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how he's faring at home, and how the lockdown is impacting Z's business.

https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/heather-du-plessis-allan-drive/audio/bosses-rebuilding/bosses-in-lockdown-z-energys-mike-bennetts/    

 

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ

 

Leadership in extraordinary times Q&A: Z chief executive Mike Bennetts (4th of September 2020)

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/300099262/leadership-in-extraordinary-times-qa-z-chief-executive-mike-bennetts

 

Z Energy’s crisis management lessons (24th of March 2020) - Rod Oram talks with Z Energy's Mike Bennetts about "Code Red" preparations for the Covid-19 pandemic and the key lessons the company has learnt so far

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/z-energy-rod-oram

 

Climate change needs Covid-level urgency from politicians (24th of August 2020)

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/green-business/300084420/climate-change-needs-covidlevel-urgency-from-politicians

 

NZ Business Podcast 34: Mike Bennetts - CEO, Z Energy (March 25th, 2018)

https://nz-business-podcast-paul-spain.simplecast.com/episodes/41365fc2-41365fc2

About Cleaning Up

 

Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation (and a drink) with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development.

 

Each episode covers the technical ground on some aspect of the low-carbon transition – but it also delves into the nature of leadership in the climate transition: whether to be optimistic or pessimistic; how to communicate in order to inspire change; personal credos; and so on.

 

And it should be fun – most of the guests are Michael’s friends.

 

Follow Cleaning Up on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUp](https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUp)

 

Follow Cleaning Up on Linkedin: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleaning-up-with-michael-liebreich](https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleaning-up-with-michael-liebreich)

 

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Links to other Podcast Platforms: [https://www.cleaningup.live/](https://www.cleaningup.live/)