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Ray Lewis

Chief Executive

Ray is Harkness Henry’s CEO with a diverse background in a range of commercial activities out of the UK & US, and for more than 20 years here in the Mighty Waikato.

Originally a physicist, Ray moved his career early towards business development and sales & marketing to align with personal strengths, and has enjoyed a range of roles at the CEO, GM and Global VP level, in a broad spectrum of industry sectors. These include: agritech; science publishing; medical devices, regional business development and most recently the global commercialisation of a locally-invented, innovative water sports product.

He developed an interest in law through navigating many commercial contracts throughout the bulk of his career, then more tellingly when his own business consultancy saw him regularly requested to assist a range of local businesses with their own legal challenges. To boost his knowledge base in this area to better serve those requests, he undertook a year of legal-centric studies at Waikato University, further enhancing his interest in New Zealand law.

Ray first developed a relationship with Harkness Henry almost 20 years ago working with the commercial team to successfully negotiate a global licensing & manufacturing deal for a new medical device utilising New Zealand ingenuity, and has sustained connections with the firm since that time.

Outside the office, Ray enjoys travel, sports of all kinds, and spending time with family.

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