Doug brings particular skills in the area of market innovation.
Doug, one of the founding directors of Cardplus Ltd, has had a long and illustrious radio career, spanning some thirty years, with twenty years being in management / ownership.
Doug started his radio career in New Zealand and managed a number of successful radio stations where he developed his unique and very successful sales approach, and an innovative and people-oriented management and sales philosophy. In New Zealand, he made a real impact on the industry. He was actively involved in industry matters and was one of the key figures among the independent broadcasters.
He was instrumental in setting up New Zealand’s first network news service for independent radio stations, and was chairman of the Independent Broadcasters’ Association. In 1991, Doug and equal business partner Craig Thompson, set up More FM in Wellington. The addition of further stations in the More FM group created New Zealand’s most successful network.
In 1997, the network was sold to international media company, CanWest. More recently, in addition to his Cardplus commitments, Doug has founded New Revenue Solutions.
He has also consulted major radio networks in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and other European countries and is an internationally acclaimed and recognised broadcaster. He has won numerous broadcasting awards including an American award (International Broadcaster of the Year) two years in succession, New Zealand Broadcaster of the Year and was recently awarded the most prestigious award – Outstanding Contribution to Radio.
He has also written a successful book, “Fun is a Serious Business”, detailing the business philosophy behind More FM’s outstanding success story.