Our People

Meet the people who make up our global leadership

Scott is a truly global organization, with over 600 employees across twelve countries.
Meet the people leading our highly skilled team in transforming industries through automation and robotics.

Executive Leadership

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John Kippenberger

Chief Executive Officer

John joined Scott as CEO in late 2019 as an experienced business leader with a successful career as CEO of several international business-to-business and consumer branded companies. This has included time in Australia as CEO of several industrial companies of George Weston Foods Limited before leading their large meat & dairy organisation which included 1,200 people operating across seven factories.

After returning to New Zealand in 2006, John was a part-owner and the Chief Executive of Premier Beehive NZ Limited. More recently, John led the exponential growth and development of Manuka Health NZ Limited. This included expansion of the company’s agricultural and factory operations, along with an acquisition in Germany and the opening of company operations in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and parts of South East Asia and China.

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Casey Jenkins

Group GM – People, ESG Marketing & President Scott Mining

Casey joined the company in 2014 and manages the global Marketing and People functions of the Group. Responsible for the delivery of the overall Marketing, Communication and HR strategies for the Scott Group including all subsidiary companies and brands.

Casey’s role as Marketing Director includes communications, branding and marketing strategy. Her role also extends to cover the People side of the business, focusing on building a high-performance organisational culture, team values, employee branding and communication.

Prior to joining Scott, Casey held marketing roles in various business-to-business and consumer branded companies, including R&R Sport and Icebreaker.

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Aaron Vanwalleghem

President Europe & North America

Aaron joined Scott in 2013 (then Alvey). Responsible for sales, engineering, operations and services in material handling, BladeStop and appliances for the European Market. Aaron was a key part and shareholder of the Alvey Group and joined Scott alongside the acquisition in 2018. During his time with Alvey, and now Scott, he has held many key positions within the company, including Project Manager, Head of PMA, Service Manager and Operations Manager. Aaron has a Master in Economics from the University of Leuven (BE).

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Mark O'Malley

Interim Co-Chief Financial Officer

Mark O'Malley was appointed interim Co-Chief Financial Officer of Scott Automation in April 2024. With a robust background in commercial finance leadership, Mark brings a wealth of experience from some of New Zealand’s leading listed companies, including Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Fletcher Building, and Auckland Airport.

Mark is a skilled finance leader, adept in setting strategy, business planning and performance, commercial operations, and managing risk. His strategic acumen and operational expertise have consistently driven financial excellence and business growth in his previous roles.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Canterbury and is a Chartered Accountant. Mark's comprehensive financial knowledge and leadership capabilities make him a pivotal part of Scott Automation’s financial leadership team.

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Anthony Wesney

Interim Co-Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Wesney was appointed interim Co-Chief Financial Officer of Scott Automation in April 2024. He brings significant experience in leading business transformation and improving organizational performance through Data and Insight.

Anthony has held numerous senior financial and commercial leadership roles with prominent companies in the UK and New Zealand, including Brand Developers Ltd, Australasia’s leading Direct Response Television company, Sealord, and Pret A Manger. His expertise in financial strategy and commercial operations has been instrumental in driving performance improvements and business growth.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University. Anthony’s deep understanding of financial management and data-driven decision-making makes him an invaluable asset to Scott Automation’s leadership team.

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Cathy Zhang

Regional Director - China

Cathy joined Scott in 2007 and manages the operation of SSQ. Responsible for the sales, manufacturing and service of the sheet metal forming machine within China, and meanwhile providing the cost-saving parts and assembly for the Group.

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Andrew Arnold

General Manager - New Zealand

Andrew is responsible for the development and commercialisation of Scott’s meat processing technology. He has been actively involved in this technology since it started seven years ago and is responsible for developing the patented technology which is recognised as world-leading in the field. Andrew has over 30 years' experience in working with automated machinery for Scott Technology. Andrew is also a Director of Robotic Technologies Limited and NS Innovations Pty Limited.

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Rob Niggl

General Manager - Australia

Rob started with Scott in June 2023 and is a highly experienced business leader with a proven track record of successfully delivering P&L and operational improvement business strategies as well as leading high performing leadership teams.

Rob is a qualified engineer and spent his early career as a senior project engineer before moving into operational and strategic leadership. Rob brings to Scott a wealth of experience having worked across both large and small FMCG organisations including Bega / Lion Dairy & Drinks, George Weston Foods, Noumi and Kraft.

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Mark Host

Vice President of Sales – Global Protein

Mark Host joins bringing a proven track record of sales growth, market and product development, and team leadership. He has over 25 years of experience across multiple food processing categories where he has helped processors implement solutions to increase worker safety, improve processing yields, and grow profitability.

Mark comes to Scott from Pearson Packaging Systems, a market leader in secondary packaging and robotic automation, where he was the VP of Sales. Prior to that, Mark served as VP of Global Sales at Bettcher Industries, a global protein processing supplier, where he led the acceleration of the business, the launch of new products, and growing both direct and distributor markets. Mark has held additional commercial leadership roles at TOMRA Food and FOSS. Mark and his family reside in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.


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Jerry McDonough

Director of Operations USA

Jerry is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, being responsible for market development in the Americas.

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Frederic Hermier

Director - Materials Handling & Logistics

Frederic has been involved in the Alvey business since 1995 in different sales positions. He is now responsible for the business development of Materials Handling & Logistics for the Scott Group globally.

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Andrew Arnold

Director - Meat

Andrew Arnold is responsible for the development and commercialization of Scott Automation’s meat processing technology. Actively involved since the technology's inception seven years ago, Andrew has been instrumental in developing the patented solutions recognized as world-leading in the field.

With over 30 years of experience working with automated machinery at Scott Technology, Andrew brings unparalleled expertise and innovation to his role. His leadership has been pivotal in advancing Scott’s cutting-edge meat processing technologies.

In addition to his role at Scott, Andrew serves as a Director of Robotic Technologies Limited and NS Innovations Pty Limited, further contributing to the industry with his extensive knowledge and experience.

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John Dalzell

Director - Appliances

John began his career with Scott in 1994 as a design cadet. Contributing to the design, commissioning and installation of many automation systems, John went on to be a Production Manager at an automation company in the baking industry before becoming their Operations Manager. In 2004, He returned to Scott to focus on growing bespoke automation sales and establishing our service business. John has worked alongside some of the worlds largest and most successful manufacturers over his 25+ years within our appliance business. As the Director of Appliances, He is responsible for the business development and growth of the appliance sector globally.

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Steve Henshaw

Director - Project Management

Steve has been a member of the Scott team for 19 years. Joining the company as a Project Manager in 2002, he has delivered many large-scale projects for geographically dispersed customers for the Appliance business.

Within Scott, Steve has had various roles including, Manager of Special Projects, Christchurch Operations Manager, Projects Director and now Group Manager – PMO. This role focuses on Project Management best practices while providing leadership and mentoring to the Project Management team. Steve also plays a key role in facilitating the company’s Work Force Planning activities which ensures project commitments are achieved.

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Michael Crombie

Head of Finance

Michael joined Scott in 2019 and is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities within the Scott group. Michael has gained a wide range of financial and business experience from working in a number of different industries and locations throughout his career to date.

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Kasia Liu

Group Health & Safety Manager

Kasia joined Scott in January 2023 as Group Health and Safety Manager; she is experienced across a range of industries in both private and public sectors and has worked in various diverse and complex global corporations. She brings her strong business acumen and a wealth of Health, Safety and Wellbeing experience from within manufacturing, engineering, warehousing, facilities management, retail/sales and corporate environments.

As the Group Health and Safety Manager, she is responsible for leading and driving the Scott Global Health and Safety strategy to ensure continuous improvement in all health and safety aspects via an authentic and people-centred culture that continues to thrive.

Kasia holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and is NEBOSH qualified.