Episode 19 / Mike Bennetts

Leadership from the Heart of the Problem

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About our Guest /

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.

Premiered / November 18, 2020   


Guest Links / 

  • Bosses in Lockdown: Z Energy’s Mike Bennetts (April 2020)Click here

  • Leadership in extraordinary times Q&A: Z chief executive Mike Bennetts (September 2020): Click here

  • Z Energy’s crisis management lessons (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: Click here

  • Climate change needs Covid-level urgency from politicians (August 2020): Click here

  • NZ Business Podcast 34: Mike Bennetts - CEO, Z Energy (March 2018): Click here

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