Below are profiles of Air New Zealand's Directors.
John Palmer, Chairman
ONZM, B.Agr.Sc, FNZID
Appointed 29 November 2001
Mr Palmer has considerable experience as a director and chairman of companies in the agricultural and finance sectors. Mr Palmer is Chairman Rabobank NZ Limited and serves as a director of AMP Limited, AMP Life Limited and Rabobank Australia Limited. Since 2001 he has led the board through a successful period of rebuilding Air New Zealand, and was named as Company Chairman of the Year in 2007 and 2009.
Antony (Tony) John Carter, Deputy Chairman
BE (Hons), M.E., M.Phil.
Appointed 1 December 2010
Tony was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand and attended the University of Canterbury where he studied chemical engineering, graduating with a Bachelor in Engineering with honours and a Masters in Engineering in 1980. He then went on to study at Loughborough University of Technology in the United Kingdom and graduated in 1982 with a Master of Philosophy degree.
After leaving University, Tony worked for the family company, Carter Group Limited, in Christchurch until 1986 when he purchased a Mitre 10 hardware store in Christchurch. He then developed another Mitre 10 store, also serving as a Director of Mitre 10 New Zealand Limited and becoming Chairman of Mitre 10 New Zealand Limited in 1993.
In 1994 Tony was appointed General Manager and Chief Executive designate of Foodstuffs (South Island) Limited, sold his interests in the Mitre 10 stores and resigned from the Mitre 10 Board. In 1995 he was appointed Chief Executive of Foodstuffs (South Island) Limited and served in that role until 2001 when he was then appointed Managing Director of Foodstuffs (Auckland) Limited and Managing Director of Foodstuffs (New Zealand) Limited until he retired in December 2010. The Foodstuffs Group is New Zealand’s largest retail organisation and the second largest commercial organisation by revenue in New Zealand, with annual sales in excess of NZ$8 billion, employing 30,000 staff.
Tony is a Director on a number of New Zealand companies; Fletcher Building Limited, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, ANZ National Bank Limited, and Co-Chairman of the NZ Initiative.
Appointed 1 October 2001
Mr France is the Chancellor of the University of Auckland, a director of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited and Chairman of Tappenden Holdings Limited. He was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and one of its predecessor firms, Coopers & Lybrand, for over 15 years and was the Chief Financial Officer of two listed companies for 10 years. He was the Managing Partner of Coopers & Lybrand in Auckland for five years. Following the merger with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he led the firm’s Corporate Value consulting practice in the Asia Pacific region and served as a member of its New Zealand Governance Board. As Deputy Chairman, Mr France brings strong financial analysis and business strategy skills to the Board and to his role as Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Appointed 1 July 2008
Paul Bingham is Managing Director of Black Cat Cruises Limited, an award winning cruise operator based at Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch. He is Chair of Christchurch and Canterbury Marketing Limited. Prior to his current position, he had a number of senior marketing roles at Tourism Holdings Limited and Air New Zealand Limited. He was a winner of the PATA Young Tourism Professional Award in 2003 and under his leadership Black Cat Group has won numerous accolades, including the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in 2003 and the SKAL International Eco-tourism Award in 2004.
Dr James (Jim) Charles Fox
BE, M.Eng.Sci, PhD.
Appointed 21 November 2006
Dr Fox has more than 25 years experience as a public company director across a range of internationally based businesses. His particular track record is in the building of innovative, technology based companies in competitive international markets. After eight years working around the world with a large international management consulting company, he started his own technology based product and service company in 1987. Following the merger of Dr Fox's company with the then listed Vision Systems Limited in 1993, he took over as the CEO of the combined group. In December 2006, Dr Fox retired as the CEO of Vision Systems Limited following a heavily competed takeover of the company by a large USA based corporate which resulted in significant returns (close to $1 billion) to shareholders. Dr Fox is also a director of TTP Group (UK) Plc, Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Limited, Genmark Diagnostics Inc (USA) and BIOTA Holdings Limited.
CNZM, BBS, CA, CMA, M.Ag.SC (Hons), FNZIM, AF Inst. D, DSc (Hons)
Appointed 27 February 2002
Mr Larsen is a director of a wide range of companies including Chairman of Centreport Limited, Deputy Chairman of Landcorp Farming, director of Alpine Energy Limited and maintains an active interest in aviation matters. Mr Larsen brings significant international business and marketing experience to the Board. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Dairy Board for nine years and Bay Milk Products for 10 years prior to that. Mr Larsen is Chairman of the Safety Committee. He is a graduate of Massey University where he qualified as a Master of Agricultural Science (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Business Studies. Mr Larsen holds professional accounting qualifications and is an alumni of the Insead Business School.
Appointed 1 April 2011
Jan is Deputy Chair of Counties-Manukau District Health Board, a director of Westpac New Zealand Limited, a member of the University of Auckland Council, the Capital Investment Committee of the National Health Board and a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum. Jan has been President of Yachting New Zealand since 2007 and was appointed Chair of the Audit Committee of the International Sailing Federation in 2009.
Jan was a partner of KPMG for 30 years, specialising in audit and risk advisory, and the Chair and Chief Executive of KPMG New Zealand from 2006 until June 30 2011. She has been a Board Member for KPMG Asia-Pacific Region, a Board Member for KPMG Australia, KPMG ASPAC and Councillor of KPMG International.
Jan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.She is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants New Zealand, a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Fellow of FINSIA, a Paul Harris Fellow and a North Shore Business Hall of Fame Laureate (2010). Jan was named Chartered Accountant of the Year in 2011 by the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
BE (Hons), MBA
Appointed 1 April 2013
Rob is Chairman of the Shell Companies in New Zealand and General Manager, Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS). He was also appointed the Chair of the Workplace Health and Safety Review Taskforce in New Zealand.
Rob was born in a Shell hospital in Indonesia and joined Shell in New Zealand in 1978 as an engineering cadet. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1983 with 1st Class Honours and later gained an MBA with Distinction.
Rob has over 30 years' experience in the oil and gas industry, working for Shell in a variety of engineering, project, operational, business, management, and governance roles in New Zealand and overseas.
A crucial part of his roles for Shell and STOS are full accountability for all aspects of personal and process safety. He provides visible leadership in these critical areas.
Rob lives in New Plymouth and is married to Shona. They have three children.
Shell operated ventures in Taranaki account for around half of New Zealand's total natural gas production and a significant proportion of the country's total condensate production. They produce around 80 percent of the gas needed for the New Zealand market.
The Air New Zealand Board has agreed upon a test to assess each of its directors against specific criteria to determine whether they are in a position to exercise independent judgement. For details, see the Board Charter document above.
An independent director is one whom the Board affirmatively determines has no material relationship with Air New Zealand (either directly or as a partner, a substantial security holder or officer of an organisation that has a relationship with the Company) that could reasonably influence their judgement and decision making as a director. Directors are required to notify the the Board of all relevant information which may affect their independence.
A majority of directors of Air New Zealand's Board and Audit Committee are independent directors, including the Chairman.
The Board is responsible for nominating members to the Board and for filling vacancies on the Board that may occur between annual meetings. In considering potential directors to commend to shareholders, the Board seeks to identify candidates with appropriate skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to effective direction of the Company, who can exercise an independent and informed judgement on matters which come to the Board and who are free of any business or other relationship that may interfere with the exercise of that individual judgement.
The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are selected by the full Board.