Below are profiles of Air New Zealand's Directors.
Antony (Tony) Carter, Chairman
BE (HONS), M.E., M.PHIL
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 December 2010)
Mr Carter is Chairman of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited, a director of Fletcher Building Limited and ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited and Independent Chairman of Blues LLP.
He 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.
Mr Carter worked for his family company, Carter Group Limited, in Christchurch until 1986 when he purchased a Mitre 10 hardware store, also eventually serving as a director of Mitre 10 New Zealand Limited and becoming Chairman of Mitre 10 New Zealand Limited in 1993.
In 1994 Mr Carter was appointed General Manager and Chief Executive designate of Foodstuffs (South Island) Limited. In 1995 he was appointed Chief Executive of Foodstuffs (South Island) Limited and in 2001, was 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.
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 July 2008)
Mr Bingham is the Managing Director of Black Cat Cruises Limited, a tourism operation based at Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch. His tourism background includes senior marketing roles at Tourism Holdings Limited and Air New Zealand Limited, and he is a previous director of Tourism New Zealand and Chair of Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism. He was a winner of the PATA Young Professional award. Across a 23 year career he has worked in the UK, USA, Singapore as well as New Zealand. Mr Bingham is also COO and Executive Director of Shuttlerock Ltd, which has developed a software platform to aggregate visual and user generated content onto company websites.
Janice (Jan) Dawson, Deputy Chair
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 April 2011)
Ms Dawson is a director of AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited, Beca Group Limited, Meridian Energy Limited and Chairman of Westpac New Zealand Limited. Ms Dawson is 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.
Ms Dawson 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 2011.
Ms Dawson holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland. She is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Paul Harris Fellow and a North Shore Business Hall of Fame Laureate (2010). Ms Dawson was named Chartered Accountant of the Year in 2011 by the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Ms Dawson is Chairman of the Air New Zealand Audit Committee.
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 October 2001)
Mr France is a director of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited, Orion Health Group Limited, The Southern Cross Medical Care Society and a Trustee of the Dilworth Trust Board. 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. Mr France brings strong financial analysis and business strategy skills to the Board.
Robert (Rob) Jager
BE (Hons), MBA
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 April 2013)
Mr Jager is Chairman of the Shell Companies in New Zealand and General Manager, Shell Todd Oil Services. He chaired the Workplace Health and Safety Review Taskforce in New Zealand which has been instrumental in encouraging fundamental changes to New Zealand’s approach to workplace health and safety. Mr Jager chairs the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association NZ as well as the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum. Mr Jager is a Director for National Science Challenge - Sustainable Seas - Project.
Mr Jager 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. Mr Jager has nearly 40 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 Shell Todd Oil Services are full accountability for all aspects of personal and process safety. Mr Jager provides visible leadership in these critical areas. Mr Jager has been Chairman of the Air New Zealand Safety Committee since September 2014.
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 June 2014)
Ms Jenkinson is the Chair and Co-Founder of LesConcierges Inc., a San Francisco based global concierge services and solutions company that services some of the world’s leading customer facing businesses.
Ms Jenkinson is currently a member of the Global Women Trust Advisory Board, a director of Massey University US Foundation and a director of TheGrid.
Ms Jenkinson holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University.
Ms Jenkinson was named one of the most influential women in the Bay Area for 2014 by the San Francisco Business Times and was the 2014 recipient of Massey University’s Sir Geoffrey Peren Award, which recognises a graduate who has reached the highest level of achievement or who has been of significant service to the University, community or nation.
M.B.A., M.A, B.A.
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 March 2014)
Mr. Mason has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, with an emphasis on emerging markets.
Prior to joining Air New Zealand’s Board in March 2014, he was Fonterra Co-operative Group’s Chief Financial Officer.
He joined Fonterra in 2009 from US-based chemicals company Cabot Corporation where he was Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this he was employed as the Chief Financial Officer at forest products company Carter Holt Harvey and also served in senior financial management positions at US based International Paper.
Mr. Mason has had governance experience for organisations in both New Zealand and the US. He is currently a director of Vector Limited and Zespri and also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland, specialising in international finance.
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.