Brian J. McConnell, 64, is the Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of MAC Gold Corporation (MAC), a Company that creates and delivers Energy Technologies that are Affordable, Clean, and Reliable.
Previous to founding MAC, McConnell helped Australian companies launch and do business in the Philippines. He was Vice President of the Australian-Philippine Chamber of Commerce. Upon his return to Australia, he assisted in the Product Despatch of one of the country’s largest Cement & Lime producing company which supplied cement and lime to Western Australia’s agriculture, construction and mining industries.
In the late -90s McConnell was tapped to facilitate the establishment of an Asian Internet Search Engine followed by an appointment as CEO for the same Company to restructure and locate new and emerging business opportunities in China.
In the mid-90s, he was recruited as Director of Finance for Aboitiz Group which is recognized as one of the best-managed companies in the Philippines. Aboitiz is a Spanish company established in the Philippines in the 1800s that is heavily invested in power, banking, real estate, food, biofuel, construction and shipping.
During his stint at Aboitiz, McConnell was responsible for refinancing the company’s Super Ferry fleet and assisted in the timely collection of the Transport Company’s Receivables. He was also instrumental in the funding and development of the Super Catamaran fleet that traverse the Southern Islands of the Philippines route.
In the early 90s, McConnell was recruited by the WA Royal Commission to investigate the financial dealings of the government, Laurie Connell’s Rothwells merchant bank, and two of West Australia’s Premiers , in connection with the WA Inc case.
In his early career, McConnell specialized in facilitating the establishment of start-up businesses which included a Financial Services Firm and Mining Company.
As a Council Advisory Member for Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), a leading New York-based research firm, McConnell served as a Consultant for Business, Banking and Investment Leaders in the USA, Europe and Asia.
McConnell’s background in the field of commercial business and qualifications in Chartered Accounting, plus solid training with WA Chartered Accountants , led to extensive assignments in West Australia and London.
McConnell is a native of Australia’s oldest mining town Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. His father, James McConnell, was also a leading public servant of WA as Chairman of the Fremantle Port Authority.
McConnell is an active member of both Royal Freshwater Bay and Fremantle Sailing Clubs. He is currently focused on MAC Gold, a worldwide renewable energy business.