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Sir William Gallagher


"When my father Bill Senior started this company he probably hadn't even heard of the word entrepreneur, but that never stopped him from being one."

Sir William is renowned, recognised and rewarded for his skills as a motivational, pragmatic and hands-on businessman in and outside of the industry, in New Zealand and abroad. And while we realise that achievements are not judged on awards alone, they are indicative of Sir William's leadership qualities.His reputation both as a dynamic leader and one of NZ’s most astute businessmen springs from the way in which he conducts his business – and therefore his working relationships – with customers and staff.

Still very involved in the daily operation, he maintains regular contact with customers in the 130 countries in which Gallagher products are sold spending up to 150 days a year on the road representing the company and its philosophies, communicating across language and social barriers, while also emphasising the ethics and integrity of his professional and personal dealings.

"The belief that strong relationships with our business partners help them achieve their business goals is one that has contributed to our success so far. It’s also how we continue to build strong partnerships with our global partners."

Sir William also forges strong working relationships with his staff, nurturing a working environment built on coaching and pragmatism. As well as being involved in the day-to-day running of the business he attends and presents at seminars, training sessions and field days, inspiring and motivating all who come into contact with him.

His achievements have also been officially recognised by a string of awards, the latest to mark his commitment to enterprise and leadership skills being his Knighthood in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List. He was also the 1996 winner of the prestigious Excellence in Communication Leadership award, the first time in its history that it had been awarded outside of North America. He also received an MBE in 1987 followed by a New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998.