Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Smith has been in FMCG marketing and sales for over 20 years. Building up extensive experience through over 15 years with Lion as both Marketing and Sales Director. Stephen sat on Lion executive teams on both sides of the Tasman.
Stephen also built up knowledge on the alcohol industry across multiple markets of the UK, Australia and New Zealand. His significant contributions has been the launch of Steinlager Pure, NZ's most successful beer innovation launch, restaging of Mac's, and launching Lion's Non alcoholic strategy. During his time as Marketing Director he won NZ's Best Brand Communicator. He is also is a Board member of Three Peaks Manuka Honey.
David has [over] 27 years commercial brewing experience and began home-brewing prior to this in 1977. David trained in London (Institute of Brewing and Distilling), Berlin (VLB) and Amsterdam (Heineken Technical Services).
Prior to joining Moa in February 2007 as Head Brewer, David was Technical Manager with Heineken in its St Lucia brewing facility, Brewery Manager at Heineken’s Papua New Guinea brewing facility, and Brewery Manager at Tui’s Mangatainoka facility.
David has extensive experience in implementing capital projects both in New Zealand and internationally, including: over US$8 million in projects to implement a staged bottling line upgrade and services replacement at the Windward and Leeward Brewery in St Lucia between 2001 and 2005; and over $2 million to upgrade water treatment and build a new keg line at the Tui Mangatainoka brewery between 1990 and 1992. In addition, David managed annual capital expenditure budgets of US$2–9 million between 1992 and 2005.
David holds a Bachelor of Technology with honours in Biotechnology and has a Diploma in Brewing from [London]. David is also a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (past President, Caribbean section).