Board of Directors

  • David Kirk

    David Kirk

    David is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Bailador Investment Management and is Chairman of Bailador Technology Investments, Trade Me, Forsyth Barr Group, and the NZ Rugby Players Association. He sits on the Board of various Bailador portfolio companies and charitable organisations including KiwiHarvest and the Sydney Festival.
    Mr Kirk’s Executive Management career has seen him as the CEO of Fairfax Media, as well as the CEO and Managing Director PMP Limited, the Regional President (Australasia) for Norske Skog, and he has also worked for Fletcher Challenge Paper and Fletcher Challenge Energy in Senior Executive roles in New Zealand and Australia. He was Chief Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1992 to 1994 and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in London.
    David is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in Medicine from Otago University and Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

  • Xavier Simonet

    Chief Executive Officer
    Xavier Simonet

    Joined Kathmandu in June 2015 with over 20 years international experience in building brands and developing successful retail businesses in fashion, apparel, accessories and related products.
    Prior roles include CEO of Radley (London), VP & GM International of DB Apparel, 11 years with LVMH (primarily Asia-Pacific) and International Director of Seafolly.

  • John Harvey

    Non-Executive Director
    John Harvey

    John is a professional Director with a background in accounting and professional services. He has over 35 years professional experience, including 23 years as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he also held a number of leadership and governance roles. He retired from PwC in 2009 to pursue a career as a professional Director. Mr Harvey has extensive experience in financial reporting, governance, information systems and processes, initial public offerings, business evaluation, acquisition and merger and takeover reviews. Mr Harvey is currently a non-Executive Director of Stride Property, Investore Property, Heartland Bank and Kathmandu Holdings and is Chair of New Zealand Opera. Former non-Executive director roles include APN News & Media, Port Otago and Ballance Agri-Nutrients.

  • Philip Bowman

    Non-Executive Director
    Philip Bowman

    Philip has extensive experience in retail including fifteen years as a director of Burberry. Other roles include CFO of Bass, CEO of Bass Taverns, Executive Chairman of Liberty PLC, CEO of Allied Domecq, CEO of Scottish Power, CEO of Smiths Group and Chairman of Coral Eurobet and Miller Group.
    He has also held office as an independent director of BSkyB, Scottish & Newcastle Group and Berry Bros. & Rudd. He currently sits on the boards of Ferrovial SA, Better Capital PCC and is Chairman of Majid al Futtaim Properties and Potrero Distilling Holdings LLC.

  • Brent Scrimshaw

    Non-Executive Director
    Brent Scrimshaw

    Brent has had an 18-year career with Nike Inc
    across Marketing, Commerce and General Management.
    He led marketing across Nike Pacific, was the Regional GM
    for Nike North America, was the Chief Marketing officer
    for Nike EMEA, and also served as Vice President and Chief Executive of Nike Western Europe. He is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of and is a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Rhinomed (RNO) and Catapult International Limited (CAT).

  • Andrea Martens

    Non-Executive Director
    Andrea Martens

    Andrea has extensive executive leadership experience having spent over 20 years working with some of the world’s best known-brands and organisations. She is currently the CEO of ADMA and has previously held roles as the Global Chief Marketing Officer for Jurlique International, and Managing Director and VP Marketing, Home and Personal Care for Unilever Australia and New Zealand. Andrea is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and named as one of the top 50 CMOs in Australia by CMO Magazine.

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