Our People

Our experienced and diverse senior management team is led by our Managing Director Matt Wilson. Meet the team below.

Managing Director

Matthew Wilson

Matt Wilson joined DB in December 2009 and was originally appointed to the Senior Leadership Team in September 2013. Before joining DB, Matt worked both overseas and in New Zealand at leading law firms and banks. In 2017, Matt moved with HEINEKEN on international assignment as Corporate Affairs Director of HEINEKEN Vietnam, before returning to DB in 2020 as Corporate Affairs Director, then taking on the role of Managing Director in 2022.

Supply Chain Director

Christopher Kerr

Christopher Kerr is DB’s Supply Chain Director and is an expert on driving efficiencies, cost savings, and customer service improvement. Chris has held various positions within The HEINEKEN Company such as Global Director of Total Productive Management and most recently Supply Chain Director of Athenian Breweries in Greece.

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General Counsel

Karyn O'Loughlin

Karyn O’Loughlin is DB’s General Counsel and has been with DB since October 2017. Prior to joining DB, she spent four years as Senior Legal Counsel at McDonald’s New Zealand Head Office. Karyn prides herself on providing high quality, pragmatic commercial advice to all areas of the business, and enjoys the fast-paced environment within which DB operates. Since joining DB, she has made valuable contributions to the integration of Tuatara into the business and the introduction of seltzers. She has been instrumental in enhancing DB’s commercial interests across numerous projects and initiatives.

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Finance Director

Krithik Ranganathan

Krithik joined DB as the Finance Director at DB in October 2020 from Goodman Fielder (NZ) where he was the Head of Finance and a key member of the Executive Leadership Team. Krithik is a member of the Institute of Directors NZ, and has held senior finance roles in the FMCG and building industries around the world, including in New Zealand, Australia, India, and the UK.
Marketing Director

Fraser Shrimpton

Fraser was appointed as the Marketing Director at DB in October 2021, and brought with him a broad range of expertise from the FMCG industry. Fraser joined DB from Nestle NZ where he was Head of Marketing – Brand, Shopper & Digital, and before that held senior marketing roles in FMCG across New Zealand and the UK. As Marketing Director, Fraser is responsible for the leadership, development, communication, and implementation of our strategic marketing plan and the Marketing team.

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Sales Director

Paul Millward

Paul was appointed as Sales Director in August 2017, having started with DB in 2010 as Head of Retail. Under Paul’s leadership, DB has won numerous awards for customer engagement. Paul is especially proud of helping to develop strong sales teams and leaders who are customer-centric and who develop great people. Paul brought to DB over 20 years of professional experience and has held a number of commercial and leadership roles in the FMCG and entertainment sectors in NZ, Europe, and USA. Outside of work, Paul loves to spend time with his young family, and his favourite beer is an ice-cold Heineken.

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Human Resources Director

Rebecca Mead

Rebecca Mead is DB’s Human Resources Director and leads her team in developing a great organisational culture and initiatives in the people space. Rebecca has held senior HR roles across the banking and logistics sectors. She is passionate about the roles people play in enabling business performance and creating a winning culture.

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Corporate Affairs Director (Acting)

Sophie Hoult

Sophie Hoult is DB’s Acting Corporate Affairs Director, appointed in January 2022. Sophie joined DB in 2018 with extensive experience in Corporate Affairs and Communications across NZ, the UK, US, and Australia.

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