Alex PRESSMAN

CEO

Bret Wiegand

Opérations

Chris Pratley

Sales

Alex graduated from University of Minnesota and started his career in Industrial and Pharmaceutical chemical sales at Mitsubishi Int’l Corp.  After completion of an MBA at Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA, he managed computer software R&D, testing and product management teams at Borland and Oracle. He started his own high-tech company which he grew to 160 people before selling it and migrating to New Zealand. He founded Waikaitu in 2012 to turn NZ marine invasive species problems into economic opportunities.

 

Bret’s career has spanned working with a number of organisations in various sectors from transport to chemicals throughout Europe, including leading the UK IT division of a global investment bank. Since moving to New Zealand he has consulted with a variety of agricultural businesses, from start-up irrigation companies to a leading agricultural machine service company in the South Island.

Chris is a 40-year veteran in the NZ agricultural chemical industry. After graduating from Lincoln University, Chris worked for the United Nations in agricultural aid projects. He returned to New Zealand to work in international agribusiness sales and marketing. Chris has owned and expanded a South Island horticultural supply company and maintains close
relationships with a wide range of colleagues in both the manufacturing and distribution sectors of the NZ plant protection industry.

Norman Phillips

R&D and Board Advisor 

Maria Ivanova

Design and  Marketing Manager

 

Carl Pressman

Executive Director

Norman graduated with a BSc Hons in Chemistry and a PhD in Natural Product Synthesis from University of Wales. Norman worked as a Research Chemist for a major UK Chemical company and subsequently in sales and marketing roles within the industry before becoming a General Manager/ Managing Director/ CEO of a number of companies. Norman moved with his family to Nelson in 2004 initially to manage New Zealand Hops and Extracts and later Lallemand NZ. Norman works with Waikaitu on special projects that utilise his technical, commercial and strategic skills and experience.

Maria graduated with Communication Design Diploma from Munich University Of Applied Sciences. She was Art Director, working for Indochine Media in Singapore.

Carl Pressman is an expert in business development having established and operated several manufacturing and service businesses. Based in Minneapolis Minnesota, US, Carl focuses on marketing strategy, distribution and sales support for Waikiatu clients in the U.SCanadaMexico, and South America.

If you are interested in our products or company, please write to carl@waikaitu.com

Telephone: +1 (651) 399-9490

We are looking for distributors for our products worldwide.

Sabine Faure

Commercial in France

Sabine has a Masters Degree in english literature  from Avignon University.After experiences as a language teacher,a press and advertising photographer,a medical translator EN-FR,Sabine is now working on  the commercial development of Waikaitu in France.