Owen Glenn

Owen Glenn

Owen G Glenn ONZM is an expatriate New Zealand businessman and philanthropist, who supports hundreds of humanitarian causes worldwide through his family charity.

Owen Glenn did his secondary schooling at Mount Roskill Grammar School, in Auckland. In 2002, Glenn donated $7.5 million to the University of Auckland for the development of the Business School’s premises and facilities and ongoing improvements.[1]

This contribution is believed to be the largest private donation in New Zealand educational history, and was driven by Mr. Glenn's belief in the business school's mission and in the benefits high quality business education holds for New Zealand business and society. As a result of this gift the business school’s complex, opened in early 2008, was named the Owen G. Glenn Building. Owen Glenn followed his initial $7.5 million donation by, in 2008, donating an additional $500,000 to establish the Barry Spicer and Owen G Glenn PhD Scholarships. These scholarships received matched funding of $250,000.[2]

Mr. Glenn is the founder and executive chairman of Vanguard Logistics Services, which is the USA's largest neutral non-vessel operating common carrier [logistics industry participant] and among the top five largest NVOCCs in the world. He stated "Top quality business education is vital to the future success of New Zealand and I am delighted to be able to help in this way and to be a part of the vision of the business school and The University of Auckland."[3]

He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List.[4]

Glenn was also the potential candidate for diplomatic posting overseas in Monaco, where he would represent the people of New Zealand interest's there.[5] His political donations to the New Zealand Labour Party and the New Zealand First Party, which both the political parties denied receiving, caused some controversy in New Zealand politics.[6]

On 9 September 2008, Glenn voluntarily provided evidence to the New Zealand Parliament's Privileges Committee regarding the accuracy of statements made by Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of the New Zealand First Party, about the donations Mr. Glenn had given to Peters. Parliament ultimately censured Peters for failing to declare the donations, which New Zealand Law requires of all political parties. Glenn was thanked by Parliament.[7]

Mr. Glenn supports a number of international charities through The Glenn Family Foundation [8] and helped establish the International SeaKeepers Society.[9]

Following a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand's South Island in February 2011, Owen Glenn donated $1 million to the Christchurch quake recovery fund on behalf of the Glenn Family Foundation.[10] He stated "I grew up in New Zealand, it holds a special place in my heart and to see such devastation, such hurt and such loss makes you want to help. This donation is something I can do and I strongly urge other expatriate business people to do the same. We all need to pull together and while we are a small country, it is a country made up of people with huge hearts. That's what gets you through in times like this."[11]

In May 2011, Owen Glenn was awarded CPA Australia's highest honour - Honorary Fellow of CPA (FCPA) - in recognition of his global entrepreneurial success.[12]

Owen Glenn provided huge support for Hockey NZ through the Glenn Family Foundation, this has helped Hockey NZ achieve rights to the hosting of the tournament which was taken from India due to organization failures.[13]

1940 Born in Calcutta on 19 February.
1952 Family immigrated to New Zealand; attended Balmoral Intermediate and Mt Roskill Grammar.
Worked at the Bank of New Zealand.
1961 Overseas experience in Europe/Australia.
1962 Returned to New Zealand; worked for TEAL (now Air New Zealand), then Emery Air Freight.
1969 In the UK: joined the Swire Group (included Cathay Pacific Airways). Proposed they form a joint venture company with the Ocean Group.
Resulted in MSAS (McGregor Swire Air Services), later EXCEL Logistics – one of the world’s largest logistical groups.
1976 With a partner, set up Sydney-based freight company, Pacific Forwarding Group.
1978 DCL (Direct Container Line) was launched in the USA as an NVOCC (Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier).
Owen took over DCL (Los Angeles).
DCL soon became the biggest NVOCC and the second-largest exporter of goods in the USA.
1989 DCL won an "E for Export Award" from President Reagan.
Owen completed the Harvard OPM (Owner/President Management Programme 1989-1990).
1991 DCL won an "E Star Award" for continued contributions to the Export Expansion Program of the United States of America.
Owen was presented with a USA "Entrepreneur of the Year" Award.
1994 Owen led the formation of NACA (North American Consolidation Association).
Now Vanguard Logistic's Executive Chairman, Owen's vision is for the business to become a fully integrated global transport conglomerate.



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  4. ^ Orsman, Bernard (31 December 2007). "New Year award for Labour's big donor". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10484810. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Young, Audrey (19 February 2008). "Donor now says Labour offered Monaco post". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10493212. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Ihaka, James (16 July 2008). "Peters gives Clark assurance on donation". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10521790. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Winston Peters accuses Helen Clark of stealing his thunder". 3 News. 2 October 2008. http://www.3news.co.nz/News/PoliticsNews/WinstonPetersaccusesHelenClarkofstealinghisthunder/tabid/419/articleID/74223/cat/68/Default.aspx. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.glennfamilyfoundation.org/
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  10. ^ "Owen Glenn gives $1m to quake fund". The New Zealand Herald. 27 February 2011. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10709111. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
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  12. ^ NBR staff (11 May 2011). "Owen Glenn gets accounting honour from CPA". National Business Review. http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/owen-glenn-gets-accounting-honour-cpa-ne-92798. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Maddaford, Terry (14 September 2011). "Hockey: NZ wins hosting rights for Champions Trophy". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10751604. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  14. ^ [6]

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