Stefan Preston

  • Beachhead Advisor, New Zealand

Stefan is a highly experienced general management executive who has 16 years of experience as a turn-around CEO leading companies up to $600M revenue, as well as being an entrepreneur with five companies. He has also got a strong track record as a consultant and conference speaker.

Stefan originates from Auckland, New Zealand but has also lived and worked in Australia and USA.

Stefan is owner and CEO of Ingenio, a company that provides business innovation consulting and also "walks its talk" by running its own group of growth companies. Stefan also has acted as director/advisor of NZTE's Better by Design and Beachheads Programs providing programme leadership and client advice. 

Originally a construction engineer and project manager, Stefan then went on to build a business career after completing an MBA at Stanford and working at a prestigious US strategy consulting firm. He spent 16 years in CEO roles leading turnarounds at four significant NZ companies working for two of New Zealand's most successful entrepreneurs.

As CEO of Bendon, he led the successful establishment of new markets in Europe, North America and the Middle East and more than doubled the size of the company.

Stefan likes to take a fresh approach to business combining strong analytical thinking with creative and collaborative thinking processes.

Advisory areas

Business design, leadership, marketing, design thinking, innovation.

Sector experience

Tourism, Fashion/Apparel, Data/Analytics.


Stefan has experience working within USA, Canada, UK, EU, China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia.


Read more about Stefan on LinkedIn.