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Malcolm McConnell into NZ Business Hall of Fame
Malcom McConnell, McConnell Dowell co-founder and father to David and John, Directors of McConnell Property is to be posthumously inducted to the NZ Business Hall of Fame.
Malcolm (1930 – 1995) has been recognised as a pioneer of New Zealand’s modern engineering industry. He co-founded McConnell Dowell in 1960 and led the company’s expansion throughout New Zealand and overseas. Malcolm developed innovative cross-country pipelining techniques and helped form the Engineering Export Association of New Zealand (ENEX). With Malcolm’s support, ENEX forged relationships with multinational organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Asian Development Bank.
Malcolm then went on to establish the Asia New Zealand Development Consultants (ANZDEC). He was also one of the initiators of Geothermal Energy New Zealand, and a director of New Zealand Railways Corporation, NZ Steel, the DFC and the Saudi NZ Capital Corporation.
Malcolm resigned as Chairman of McConnell Dowell in 1993 when the Family divested its shareholding and created McConnell Group, which now owns Hawkins. He was awarded an OBE in 1991 for services to business, engineering and export.
Malcolm passed away in 1995 and is remembered as a man of immense passion, energy, drive and vision. Read the article on Stuff here.