"We offer shorter lead times, leading edge technology and world class local support to ensure the best turnkey solution for every customer”"

- Hamish Kennedy, Founder

About Us

Compac: leading the world in accurate, high speed packhouse technology for the produce industry.

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It all began over 30 years ago with a prototype built in the garage of a student flat.

A visionary young man, completing a Masters degree in electrical engineering foresaw a gap in the rapidly expanding kiwifruit market in New Zealand.

He identified that the industry lacked a fruit sorting machine that combined mechanical, electrical and optical technologies, that would be faster and more accurate than conventional fruit grading machines available at the time. So he decided to build one.

That young man was Hamish Kennedy, the founder of Compac.

Hamish was the son of a kiwifruit orchardist and what he was about to build in the basement of his father’'s house would revolutionise accurate, high speed sorting machines for the fresh produce market -  turning a university project into a global business.

Leading the way in the future of packhouse technology.

Compac quickly grew from the leading provider of kiwifruit sorting equipment to a world class, global business that sets the benchmark for advancements in technology across the produce industry. Compac’s team exceeds more than 700 people globally and provide packhouse solutions for customers in more than 40 countries.

Compac'’s technical superiority and market success lies in matching superior engineering and design concepts with the differing needs of our customers around the world. Our packhouse solutions set the industry standard for others to follow and our drive for continued technical innovation and successful customer partnerships is what will continue to set us apart from the rest.

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Meet our global leaders

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Mike Riley
Chief Executive Officer

Mike comes from a background in product management, sales and marketing for an impressive portfolio of high tech manufacturers in the UK and USA. Mike and his family moved to New Zealand in 2007 when he took up the position of CEO at Endace, a major global player in security software. In February 2015, Mike brought his skills and experience to Compac, joining us as CEO.

Kate Parsons

Kate Parsons
Chief Financial Officer

Kate joined Compac in July 2015 from PowerbyProxi and previously Endace (LSE: EDA) where she was Group CFO and managed the company’s relationships with the public equity markets; as well as steering the company through its eventual acquisition by Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX) in 2013. Before returning to New Zealand Kate worked in the banking and financial sector with Barclays and PWC. She is based in Auckland managing Compac’s global finance operations.

Ken Moynihan

Ken Moynihan
CTO & VP Engineering

Ken joined Compac in 2004 and led the development of Compac’s optical inspection systems. Relocating to Seattle in 2013, Ken is responsible for the company’s technology strategy and the execution of that strategy through engineering.  In particular, Ken works with business and technology partners as well as lead clients; to identify their requirements and develop the strategic vision for what future post-harvest facilities look like, and plots the course for how to get there.  This drive is on a foundation of continuously improving the standards of engineering that has made the Compac name synonymous with quality, accuracy and reliability.

Kim Bui

Kim Bui
VP Strategic & Corporate Development 

Based in southern California, Kim is responsible for the development and implementation of long-range strategic plans. Kim works with the CEO and Compac’s board of directors to achieve long term sustainable growth for the business and value creation for Compac’s shareholders. Kim has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and both the public and private equities markets. Kim holds a MBA from UC Berkeley and was previously involved as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney and KPMG, as well as more recently the head of Corporate Development for Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX).

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Perry Sansom
VP Marketing & Product 

Perry Joined Compac in 2015 following ten years as a senior executive at WhereScape Software, a global leader in the provision of automated big data solutions and business intelligence platforms. During this time, he was responsible for Asia Pacific operations and more recently established their global partner program.  He oversees Compac’s global Marketing Communications and Product Marketing functions across the company’s various product houses. He has previously held executive marketing and sales roles with Apple Computer, Compaq/HP, EMC Corporation and Telecom New Zealand.

Siobhan Cohen

Siobhan Cohen
VP Global People & Capability 

Joining Compac in 2015 Siobhan has previously held senior human resources roles in organisations such as Sealord Group and Fonterra, New Zealand’s largest agribusiness and a major player in the global dairy trade.  Based in Auckland, Siobhan oversees a global People and Capability team focused on Compac’s people and their development. 

Chris Komatas

Chris Komatas
VP Global Operations 

With a background in supply chains, product marketing and operational management; Chris manages Compac’s global manufacturing, project management and aftersales service capabilities, ensuring that customers receive their solution on time and within spec. Chris has previously held senior positions at Endace, Juniper Networks, based in Silicon Valley and with Ericsson whilst based in the United Kingdom and NZ. 

Darrell Smithson

Darrell Smithson
VP Global Services 

Based in California, Darrell has a background in managed services within some of the world’s most recognized industry brands. He was previously VP - Strategy Global Solutions for Schnieder Electric, where he headed a team providing strategic planning and support to Schneider’s Global Solutions Business Unit, with a focus across the key segments of services, software and digital services. At Compac, Darrell has responsibility for Compac’s global services functions comprising of; pre-sales engineering, project management and implementation post sale, along with customer service, support and training globally.

Meet our directors

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Mike Riley - Chief Executive Officer

Mike comes from a background in product management, sales and marketing for an impressive portfolio of high tech manufacturers in the UK and USA. Mike and his family moved to New Zealand in 2007 when he took up the position of CEO at Endace, a major global player in security software. In February 2015, Mike brought his skills and experience to Compac, joining us as CEO.

Jonathan Mason

Jonathan Mason - Chairman

Originally from the USA, Jonathan is Chairman of our Board of Directors. With over 30 years of international commercial experience, including CFO roles at Fonterra and Carter Holt Harvey, Jonathan also sits as a Director for other well-known New Zealand companies including Zespri and Air New Zealand. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland, specialising in International Finance. 

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Hamish Kennedy

The founder of Compac, Hamish built his first fruit sorting machine as a university project for the family kiwifruit orchard in New Zealand’s Bay Of Plenty region. He started Compac in 1984 and continues to be the central pillar of the company.

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Gavin Reeve

Gavin has been with Compac since the very early days, starting in 1986 as an electrical engineer. Now as Director of Business Improvement, Gavin oversees the company’s internal IT development and management of production, forecasting and ERP systems.

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Dave Buys

One of Compac'’s first customers in the apple industry, Dave came to Compac from the position of General Manager at Growcorp, now known as Mr Apple, in New Zealand’'s Hawkes Bay region in 1995. After managing the International Sales team for many years, Dave makes the move to Spain in 2015 to continue as Director of International Sales responsible for Europe.

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Nigel Beach

Nigel started with Compac in 1996 coming from a background in software engineering. He developed the original Compac InVison software, revolutionizing the way we sort produce today and continues at the forefront of Compac innovations as Research and Development Manager.

Mark Giles

Mark Giles

Mark has almost 30 years’ experience in international sales and marketing within the ICT industry. He has previously served on a number of Boards including Vodafone New Zealand and Alcatel New Zealand. Mark is currently an Independent Director for Compac, as well as other companies including ITM Co-Operative Limited and Eastpack, New Zealand’s largest post-harvest operator in the kiwifruit industry.

Susan

Susan Peterson 

Susan is an Independent Director for Trustpower Limited (TPW - NZX), Vista Group International Limited (VGL - NZX/VIL - ASX), Wynyard Group Limited (WYN - NZX) and The New Zealand Merino Company Limited.  Susan also chairs the Audit and Risk Committees for VIsta Wynyard and The New Zealand Merino Company. 

Susan is a Tribunal Member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and a Ministerial Appointee to The National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women.  Susan is also on the Board of IHC and on the Strategic Advisory Board of the New Zealand Heart Foundation.

Susan's management career included a variety of executive roles at ANZ including General Counsel and Company Secretary, General Manager of the Direct Banking Group, Chief Executive of ANZ's second registered bank in New Zealand and General Manager, Wealth Business and Performance. Susan was also a director on many of ANZ's New Zealand subsidiary company Boards.  
 
Susan's particular interest is helping fast growing New Zealand companies to succeed in the international market place. Susan was a finalist in the 2014 Westpac New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.

An award-winning business 

  • 2006 - 2007
    Winner

    Business success from science and technology Foundation for Research Science and Technology

    Winner

    Research & Development Bayer Innovators Awards

  • 2010
    Supreme winner

    New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards with both Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year and Hi-Tech Company of the Year

  • 2012
    Supreme winner

    New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards with both Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year and Hi-Tech Company of the Year

    Winner

    New Zealand Export Awards Deal of the Year

    Winner

    Compac founder, Hamish Kennedy named as Engineering Entrepreneur of the Year

  • 2014
    Winner

    ISHS Horticulture Innovation Award

  • 2015
    Winner

    Compac Founder, Hamish Kennedy named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year - Technology category winner