Kennards Hire appoints curated expert Margie Haseltine to its board

Margie Haseltine, Non-Executive Board Director at Kennards Hire

Kennards Hire, has announced the appointment of Margaret (Margie) Haseltine as non-executive board director effective 1 October. Ms Haseltine’s professional career spans more than three decades, across various senior executive roles and multiple board appointments, including having served five years as the CEO of Mars Food Australia (Masterfoods).

What does Margie bring to the board of Kennards Hire?

She serves as Chair of automotive aftermarket business, Bapcor, and as a non-executive director on the boards of Metcash Limited and Newcastle Permanent Charity Foundation. Margie volunteers as a mentor to small food companies and not-for-profit CEO’s and, until very recently, was a board member of Fairhaven, a Central Coast disability support provider.

Kennards Group Chairman, Brendan Fleiter welcomed Ms Haseltine, acknowledging her significant industry experience across numerous leadership positions held over 30 years.

“Margie has had a distinguished career to date, serving in senior executive roles and on various boards. This is a really exciting time for the Kennards Hire business, with significant growth and innovation over the past few years. On behalf of the Kennard family and board, I’m delighted that Margie has joined our board and I look forward to her invaluable contribution as we prepare for even greater progress in the years ahead,” Mr Fleiter said.

What were Margie’s thoughts on the new role?

Ms Haseltine shared her excitement to be joining the board of an iconic family-owned business brand which spans ANZ. “I’m passionate about family businesses and their culture of ‘can do’ and ‘customer first’ – which is exactly what Kennards Hire is all about,” she said.

“I was truly impressed by, the passion of the firm’s people during my first introduction to the broader business at their recent Quality of Management Awards in Melbourne, Victoria.”

“Having spent 20-years with the Mars Food family businesses, I’m delighted to join the Kennards Hire board and I look forward to sharing my expertise with the leading family-owned equipment hire company. I look forward to being part of it for many years.”

With almost 200 branches across ANZ, and more than 1,600 employees, Kennards Hire continues to expand its network having opened its most recent branch in Rangiora, New Zealand in July. The company will also celebrate 75 years in business throughout 2023.