Meet the Executive Team Behind Ao Skincare

Dr Mark Gray

MBChB, FRACP, FRCPC, FRCPA, ABPath, ABDermpath,FRACCS, FASMS Specialist Dermatologist, Specialist Pathologist, Specialist Dermatopathologist, Mohs Surgeon.
Dermatologist, Director Product and R&D

Dr Mark Gray obtained his primary medical degree at the University of Otago in 1982. He then underwent postgraduate training in anatomic pathology and dermatopathology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and Cornell University/New York Hospital, completing this in 1990.

Dr Gray then went on to complete his training in Dermatology and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Canada (Dermatology) in 1993. In 2010 he became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and is Board Certified in the United States in both Pathology and Dermatopathology. He is a fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Mohs Surgery.

He is the founding Director of a group of skin clinics in New Zealand. Over the years, he has acquired seven partners and the business has grown to 17 clinics nationwide. He now feels that he is able to invest more time and a good amount of energy into developing a simple and efficacious skincare range that combines his wealth of knowledge with the latest that the realms of science and nature have to offer. He is constantly researching and sourcing the best ingredients from New Zealand and around the world. 


James Rangihika


James is responsible for the marketing and expansion of Ao Skincare’s products into the US marketplace. Ao’s transformational products make up a class-leading skincare range unlike any other; combining the very best of science and nature, Ao’s story is deep-rooted in New Zealand.

During the early years of his career in the creative industry, James worked under a number of iconic Creatives. At 27, James did what most driven people do in the advertising business; start their own company. Beginning from nothing, James quickly grew the award-winning business into a successful agency that’s managed to carve a unique niche in the New Zealand marketplace.

Since then, James has started and grown a number of successful businesses and consulted to many. 

James holds a MBA from Southern Cross University in NSW, Australia. He also sits on two not-for-profit boards, Macular Degeneration New Zealand and the Upside Downs Education Trust. His advertising agency provides approximately 15% business capacity to not-for-profit organisations as pro-bono work.


Suzanah Gray

Director Channel Partnerships

Suzanah is Ao's Director of Chanel Partnerships, working between our offices in San Francisco, USA and Auckland, New Zealand. Suzanah builds lasting relationships with suppliers and retailers. She also works closely with our US laboratory and production facility to ensure only the best products are delivered to the market. An important element of her work is the supervision of testing products and ongoing product development.

Suzanah’s has an extensive career with a focus on the health, well-being and medical sectors. For more than 20 years she worked as a nurse in wards, operating theatres and in laboratories. In recent years she returned to study, completing a Bachelor of Business (Management and Commercial Law).

Suzanah is mother to three intelligent and sporty young adults. Whilst raising her children and working, she has also modeled part-time and completed formal training in hair and make-up design.

She is an active road cyclist, and can often be seen riding the streets of Auckland early in the mornings. Her holistic approach to life is to supplement health and well-being with a good diet, plenty of exercise and of course, a great skin care range.


"My skin felt soothed, nourished, and hydrated. After a few weeks of use I actually noticed a difference in my very dry skin. I do think it is worth the investment."


“This retinal product is having a magical effect. My skin is more radiant, feels silky but firm, and I can already see a reduction in surface lines.”


"If you're looking to amp up your skin care routine, Ao Skincare's Cold Processed serum is one of our faves. Manuka honey provides moisture retention, while the 3 vitamins firm the skin."