Douglas Myers

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Sir Arthur Douglas Myers, KNZM CBE (born 1939) is a New Zealand businessman and one of the country's richest men (#35 on the Forbes New Zealand and Australian Rich list, 2006, with net worth estimated at $350 million).[1]

Myers began his involvement with what would become Lion Nathan in 1965, being appointed CEO of Campbell & Ehrenfried, following in the footsteps of his father Sir Kenneth Myers and his grandfather Sir Arthur Myers. A series of mergers and cross shareholdings led to the creation of Lion Breweries and then Lion Nathan. Myers played a leading role in Lion for over 15 years as MD, CEO, and ultimately as chairman in 1997. One year later, in 1998, Myers sold his 45% share holding to Kirin Brewery Company (creating the fourth largest brewing firm in the world) for $312 million.

He is now semi-retired, living in London, though he retains business and philanthropic interests, including a stake in Cameron O'Reilly's private-equity group Bayard Capital and regularly donating to the Myers Scholarship.[2] Myers is a graduate of both Cambridge University and Harvard Business School.

Honours[edit]

In the New Year Honours 1991 Myers was appointed as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to business management.[3] In the New Year Honours 2010 Myers was appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the community.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forbes list
  2. ^ "About Sir Douglas Myers". myersscholarship.ac.nz. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52383. p. 30. 28 December 1990.
  4. ^ "New Year Honours 2010" (12 Jan 2010) 2 New Zealand Gazette 79.
  5. ^ "New Year Honours: New knight fixed on making NZ competitive". The New Zealand Herald. 31 December 2009.