Sir David Levene
Chairman KNZM OBE
David started work in the paint and wallpaper business in 1947 with his father and uncle in their original Karangahape Road shop. Following his first trip to the USA in 1959 to research USA retail (and many subsequent trips), David started developing Levene & Co which was later to become a major force in NZ retailing. The business was ultimately sold in 1994 with 52 retail stores along with large paint and wallpaper manufacturing factories.
David was knighted in 2010 for services to business and the community, was awarded an OBE in 1995, received an honorary doctorate in Literature from Massey University, an honorary doctorate in Laws from Auckland University and has been inducted into the North Shore, Manukau and New Zealand Business Halls of Fame.
David is the patron of YES Disability and Outward Bound. He runs The David Levene Foundation which contributes to many organisations and causes throughout New Zealand, including North Shore Hospice, Halberg and many educational institutions.