HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – After more than a decade leading Gallagher’s product development efforts, Rob Heebink has decided the time is right to seek a new challenge.
Since joining Gallagher in 2008, the company’s product development team has grown from around 80 people to well over 200 people today and Gallagher’s entrepreneurial philosophy encourages a culture of innovation and creativity among its 1300 employees. During that time Gallagher’s revenue has increased from around $150m (NZD) to well over $350m and the team’s success has been recognised and honoured with a string of innovation awards spanning the Animal Management and Security industries the tech company operates in.
“I’d like to thank Rob for his leadership and support provided to the whole organisation,” comments CEO & Executive Director Kahl Betham.
“Most recently Rob has been instrumental in championing our shift to more agile and customer-centric practices which will support our growth trajectory, increase our pace of innovation, and customer value creation. Prior to this he has also led two other step changes with Design Thinking and Learning-First Product Development which really changed our approach to innovation,” Kahl says.
“Rob leaves behind a significant legacy and the changes he has led and been part of will slingshot us along the way of our ambitious goals.”
Today Gallagher solutions are recognised in over 160 countries around the world. The company’s Security technology is used in a range of high-end commercial, enterprise and high security sites, while Gallagher’s Animal Management solutions are used in family farms, lifestyle sections and corporate farms.
“Our commitment to research & development has been instrumental to the company’s success,” outgoing Research & Development Rob Heebink says. “As our revenue has grown, so has our investment in new product development. To illustrate that, new product development expenditure for the coming 12 months is up more than 30 per cent on last year.
“I’m proud that I’ve had the opportunity to work with an awesome team. I could not have done this role without our fantastic teams and the confidence, encouragement and support from our wider leadership team. The people and culture at Gallagher are truly unique and I feel privileged that I’ve had an opportunity to contribute to that.
“For now, I’m looking forward to taking a bit of time out to reflect on the past decade before taking on the next challenge. I’m very confident in the future of Gallagher and will be watching the company’s progress with interest,” Rob says.
Gallagher’s Chair Steve Tucker says although Rob will be greatly missed, he has helped significantly to set the company up for the next phase of growth.
“Both personally, and on behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank Rob for his contribution over nearly 15 years of service, and for his loyalty and dedication to Gallagher. Our people and our innovation underpin what makes Gallagher successful and Rob’s devotion to both have played a significant part in the company’s growth and success. Rob has been a transformational leader who has championed the role of innovation and he will leave a lasting legacy. I wish Rob all the best.”
Plans are now underway to ensure a smooth transition before Rob leaves Gallagher at the end of May.