John Down was appointed as non-executive Chairman on October 2008. His extensive private and public sector experience, has contributed to forming the corporate vision for, and the building of the company that MSL Solutions has become today.
In 1997 he founded Viking Industries Ltd., a multi-faceted marine industrial business which was subsequently sold as a mid-cap publicly listed company to private equity in 2008.. He was appointed to the position of Co-ordinator General and Director-General, in the Office of Major Projects, by the Premier of Queensland in 1993, and held this position until 1996. In 1970, John co-founded the GRM Group of Companies, a multifaceted agribusiness with operations in over 50 countries, which was also sold to private equity in 1992.
He has significant Board experience in both public and private companies. He is currently the Chairman of Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage Pty Ltd; Chairman of Nutrafruit Pty Ltd and is on the Council of Brisbane Boys College. His former Board appointments include AUSTRADE (Deputy Chairman), Export Finance Insurance Corporation; QCT Resources Ltd; Annaconda Nickel Ltd; Santos Ltd – UK & USA; and Herron Pharmaceutical where he served on the advisory board.
John holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and a Master of Economics from the University of New England.