Kordia’s chair praised Bartlett for his advocacy of diversity, following his death.

One of the highest-profile gay business leaders in New Zealand has died, following a battle with cancer.

Scott Bartlett died earlier this week aged just 40 following a battle with cancer.


“It is with deep sadness that Kordia Group announces its former CEO, Scott Bartlett, has passed away following a valiant and courageous fight against brain cancer,” Kordia Group announced on Tuesday.

“Scott was one of the most respected business leaders in New Zealand. He had a brilliant mind and a natural ability to motivate the very best in the people around him,” Kordia Group acting CEO Shaun Rendell said.

In August last year, Bartlett was diagnosed with multiple brain tumours and began a leave-of-absence.

“After undergoing a period of remission, he returned in January 2020 to resume his role but unfortunately become ill again two months ago,” Kordia said in the announcement of his death.

Kordia Chair John Quirk paid tribute to Bartlett highlighting his advocacy for diversity and the LGBT community.

“While this is an immensely sad day for us all, Scott’s life and achievements – particularly at such a young age – are a legacy to be admired and celebrated. His vision, his passion for life and creating a workplace where everyone had an opportunity to thrive are what made him such an incredible leader.”

“He was always an advocate for diversity and was very proud of his work with the LGBTQ+ community. The New Zealand business community has lost an outstanding person,” Kordia Chair John Quirk said.