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Drew Muirhead

Chief Executive, Sistema

The maker of the well-known Klip It kitchen containers, Sistema, was sold to New Jersey-based Fortune 500 company Newell Brands for $660 million. Founded by its managing director Brendan Lindsay in the mid-1980s in Hamilton, Sistema grew into a company with more than 700 workers and sales in more than 90 countries. Drew Muirhead has been the Chief Executive Officer of Sistema Plastics Limited since June 2017. Previously, he served as the Chief Operating Officer and Factory Manager at Sistema but his career there started on the factory floor as a die setter. Now with Newell Brands expertise, market access and resources to help Sistema expand, particularly in North America, the future is exciting.

Session

3.30 pm – 4.00 pm

36 years, 82 countries and customers in the millions – From NZ Garage to multinational exporter

  • Keeping NZ at the heart of who we are - When business is so good that it’s time for a takeover
  • Why innovation is critical to success