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Sir William Gallagher

President & Executive Director

Sir William Gallagher

Sir William Gallagher

"When my father Bill Senior started this company he probably hadn't even heard of the word entrepreneur, but that never stopped him from being one."

After 59 years leading the company as CEO, in February 2021 Sir William moved to an ambassadorial role as President of Gallagher Holdings Limited.

Sir William is renowned, recognised and rewarded for his skills as a motivational, pragmatic and hands-on businessman in and outside of the industry, in New Zealand and abroad. And while we realise that achievements are not judged on awards alone, they are indicative of Sir William's leadership qualities.  His reputation both as a dynamic leader and one of New Zealand’s most astute businessmen springs from the way in which he conducts his business – and therefore his working relationships – with customers and staff. 

Still very involved in the daily operation, he maintains regular contact with customers in the 160 countries in which Gallagher products are sold spending up to 150 days a year on the road representing the company and its philosophies, communicating across language and social barriers, while also emphasising the ethics and integrity of his professional and personal dealings.

"The belief that strong relationships with our business partners help them achieve their business goals is one that has contributed to our success so far," he says. "It’s also how we continue to build strong partnerships with our global partners."
Sir William also forges strong working relationships with Gallagher people, nurturing a working environment built on coaching and pragmatism. As well as being involved in the day-to-day running of the business he attends and presents at seminars, training sessions and field days, inspiring and motivating all who come into contact with him.
His achievements have also been officially recognised by a string of awards, and one that marks his commitment to enterprise and leadership skills being his Knighthood in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

In 2020, Sir William was inducted as a laureate in the Waikato Business Award's Hall of Fame for services to business and the community.  In 2018, Sir William was presented with the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Robin Davidson Memorial Award for Agritech Excellence, as well as ranking seventh on IFSEC Global's list of top security influences.  In 2016, Sir William was named Exporters Champion at the Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards, and the Gallagher family received the Family Business Award at the EY Awards. Most recently Sir William was recognised by the New Zealand security industry with a Visionary Leadership Award at the New Zealand Security Association (NZSA) Awards.

Another significant honor Sir William has received is the 1996 prestigious Excellence in Communication Leadership award, the first time in its history that it had been awarded outside of North America. He also received an MBE in 1987.

Sir William's legendary status has been underpinned with a book 'LEGEND - From Electric Fences to Global Success:  The Sir William Gallagher Story' by Paul Goldsmith.