Magazine article New Zealand Management

InTouch : Managers Abroad

Magazine article New Zealand Management

InTouch : Managers Abroad

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Linda Jenkinson is based in the United States and runs a number of diverse companies across many countries.

What prompted you to seek work out of New Zealand?

I left New Zealand to pursue an MBA at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. I was a typical Kiwi looking to my OE and planned to spend six years abroad -- two years pre MBA, MBA, and two years post MBA. I was interested in getting an internationally recognised degree, some international work experience and seeing the world.

What is your current role?

I am currently working with a portfolio of companies. I am a major shareholder in, and chairman of, LesConcierges (the largest private corporate concierge company), founder of Porthos (the largest Napa wine concierge internet company), founder and managing director of WOW Investments (an innovative social venture fund) and president of Sierra Services (a CEO-to-CEO consulting firm).

How does it fit into your career path?

My passion is to create innovative new concepts, to develop the business, fund the business and then put a world-class management team in place to grow the business. I have started and helped grow Despatch Management Services, LesConcierges and Porthos into multimillion-dollar businesses. Now I am focusing on a new start-up -- Wow Investments -- while LesConcierges and Porthos are run by great teams and I play a strategic and fund-raising role. My current career path is to continue to start companies and set them up for success.

What are its main challenges?

Managing multiple priorities and ensuring that I am always having great impact -- balancing working in the United States, Europe and Africa, with my young family being based in San Francisco.

What learnings you will take from it?

I have designed my work schedule to fit with my life. …

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