“Coming from a Hiwinui farm in the Manawatu, I learned as a CEO Apprentice to my father in his many ventures how to build a business. I then went to Massey University and did Computer Science to learn how to scale and Accounting & Finance to learn the numbers – and then I took that to the world!”
Linda Jenkinson is one of New Zealand’s most successful business women – a global entrepreneur – she has founded numerous businesses. Linda was the first New Zealand woman to list a company on the NASDAQ stock exchange – with DMSC – the $250 million on-demand courier company she co-founded. She also co-founded a global customer and employee experience platform (John Paul Inc) which was sold to the Accor Hotel Group in 2016. Linda has built more than $700 million of value and created 8,000 jobs in global, technology enabled start-ups.
Linda has always been a contributor to making the world a better place. She co-founded WOW for Africa which is a social enterprise supporting women entrepreneurs in Senegal. She also received a Special Citation from the Bay Area Red Cross for her significant contribution to build a sustainable fund raising platform.
She has won many awards including Master Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, a World Class New Zealand award and is listed on the 100 most influential women in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. She is the first woman to win the Sir Geoffrey Peren Award for Most Distinguished Alumni from Massey University.
Prior to her entrepreneurial career, Linda was a Partner at A.T. Kearney in the Global Financial Services practice where she worked with some of the world’s largest financial institutions and was a co-author of a book published by the ABA on The Restructuring of the Commercial Banking industry in the United States.
Linda is currently a Director of Air New Zealand (NZE), Eclipx Group (ECX) and the Guild Group, is Secretary and Director of Massey University US Foundation and is a business council member for the New Zealand Olympic Committee. Linda previously served on the Board of the American Red Cross – Bay Area.
Linda holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Business Studies in Accounting & Finance and Data Processing from Massey University. She is a New Zealand citizen who holds residency in the United States and co-locates between Wellington and San Francisco.
Linda has mentored New Zealand companies from her Silicon Valley base since 2000. Since she moved back to Wellington in 2017, Linda has converted a warehouse in Wellington and is using this base to actively mentor many scale-ups and start-ups in both the profit and non-profit space and is supporting them in their growth journey. Linda has recently taken the role as Chair of Unicef New Zealand and is leading the organization to support the transformation of the Pacific to reach the Sustainable Development goals through private-public partnerships and innovation.