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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 friend's house would revolutionize accurate, high speed sorting machines for the fresh produce market -  turning a part-time 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.

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Anthony (Ant) Self
Chief Financial Officer

Ant joined Compac in November 2016.  Previously he spent 20+ years at EY (Ernst & Young) working with some of the best talent and being directly exposed to some of the brightest ideas across industries.  Ant’s business experience has been diverse with work across many geographies and a large array of sectors including consumer products, power & utilities, telecommunications, media & technology, contracting and hi-tech manufacturing as an auditor, accountant, and transactions advisor. He is based in Auckland managing Compac’s and TOMRA Foods’s global finance operations.

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Chris Komatas
VP Product & Marketing

With a background in product marketing, supply chains and operational management; Chris manages Compac’s global product management and marketing team.  Chris has previously held senior positions at Endace, Juniper Networks, based in Silicon Valley and with Ericsson based in the United Kingdom and NZ.

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Even Rekdal
Chief Operations Officer 

Even joins Compac from TOMRA Collection Solutions where he was formally Vice President, Supply Chain in Germany. Graduating with a Masters degree in Engineering Design, Even started his career in product development, service and operations. Even has more than 14 years’ service with TOMRA, and prior to his most recent role, Even was based in China for five years where he was the China Country Manager for TOMRA. He established and built their business organization and operations there including the establishment of the China procurement function for TOMRA.  As Chief Operations Officer, Even will be accountable for the optimisation of our Global Operations, our Supply Chain and our quality and new product introduction systems and processes. 

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Perry Sansom
VP ANZ

Perry Joined Compac in 2015 as VP of Marketing and Product, 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 established their global partner program.  He now oversees the Australian and New Zealand market’s for Compac and has previously held executive marketing and sales roles with Apple Computer, Compaq/HP, EMC Corporation and Telecom New Zealand.

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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.

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Rob Pollard
VP & GM Europe

Rob joined Compac Tomra mid 2017 bringing over 20 years’ experience in building the European subsidiaries of US and New Zealand companies. Prior to joining us Rob has held EMEA, APAC and global sales leadership positions in a number of hi-tech companies working in the fields of IT, IT-Security and most recently in Cyber Threat Intelligence. Based in the UK he is responsible for Compac’s Sales and Service activities across Europe.

Meet our directors

Mikeriley

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.

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Anthony (Ant) Self - Chief Financial Officer - Compac

Ant joined Compac in November 2016.  Previously he spent 20+ years at EY (Ernst & Young) working with some of the best talent and being directly exposed to some of the brightest ideas across industries.  Ant’s business experience has been diverse with work across many geographies and a large array of sectors including consumer products, power & utilities, telecommunications, media & technology, contracting and hi-tech manufacturing as an auditor, accountant, and transactions advisor. He is based in Auckland managing Compac’s and TOMRA Foods’s global finance operations.

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Leen Osterloh - SVP Finance & Administration - TOMRA SORTING SOLUTIONS

Mr. Leen Osterloh is SVP Finance & Administration of TOMRA SORTING SOLUTIONS, the leading supplier of sensor based sorting equipment for the food, recycling and mining industry. He also sponsors TOMRA SORTING SOLUTIONS’ digital initiative TOMRA INSIGHT targeted at enabling the customers to harvest on the opportunities in sorting applications from innovative digital solutions. 

Mr. Osterloh is a German national and holds a Master of Economics degree from University of Potsdam (Germany). He started his career at Deutsche Bank AG and soon moved into the capital equipment industry, where he served in different CFO and CEO positions and held several board positions in a variety of companies, from small companies to stock listed enterprises, in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland and India. Prior to joining TOMRA SORTING SOLUTIONS, Mr. Osterloh was working in the textile machinery industry, focused on yarn-making and nonwovens applications.

An award-winning business 

  • 2006 - 2010
    Winner

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

    Winner

    Research & Development Bayer Innovators Awards

    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

  • 2017
    Winner

    New Zealand Hi-Tech Award for Best Hi-Tech Solution for the Agritech Sector

    Winner

    PMA-Produce Plus Marketer of the Year Award for the 'Spectrim launch' Campaign