Before joining LIC in 2013, Wayne McNee was Director-General for the Ministry of Primary Industries, a position he was appointed to in 2010.
In 2011, he led the merger of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the New Zealand Food Safety Authority and the Ministry of Fisheries to form the Ministry of Primary Industries. He then went on to lead the development and implementation of the Ministry of Primary Industries' strategy with its vision of growing and protecting New Zealand. The primary focus of that strategy was to double the exports of New Zealand's primary industries by 2025.
Prior to his leadership of the mergers which lead to the Ministry of Primary Industries, Wayne was the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Fisheries.
Before that, he was Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC), a position he assumed in 2001 after being PHARMAC's General Manager.
In mid-2006 Wayne McNee was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, spending 18 months as a policy advisor primarily on transport, local government and energy policy.