Below are profiles of Air New Zealand's Directors.
Antony (Tony) Carter, Chairman
BE (HONS), M.E., M.PHIL
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 Co-Chairman of the New Zealand Initiative.
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.
Janice (Jan) Dawson, Deputy Chair
Appointed 1 April 2011
Ms Dawson is a director of AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited, Meridian Energy Limited, Westpac New Zealand Limited and Goodman Fielder Limited. She is Deputy Chair of Counties-Manukau District Health Board, 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 has been President of Yachting New Zealand since 2007 and was appointed Chair of the Audit Committee of the International Sailing Federation in 2009.
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 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). Ms Dawson was named Chartered Accountant of the Year in 2011 by the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
John Palmer, Director
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 of 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.
Appointed 1 July 2008
Mr Bingham is Managing Director of Black Cat Cruises Limited, an award winning cruise operator based at Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch and a director of Shuttlerock 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) 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. Dr Fox is Chairman of the Air New Zealand Safety Committee.
Appointed 1 October 2001
Mr France is a director of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited, Chairman of Tappenden Holdings Limited and a member of the University of Auckland Council. 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 and to his role as Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Robert (Rob) Jager
BE (Hons), MBA
Appointed 1 April 2013
Mr Jager is Chairman of the Shell Companies in New Zealand and General Manager, Shell Todd Oil Services. He was also appointed the Chair of the Workplace Health and Safety Review Taskforce in New Zealand.
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 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 Shell Todd Oil Services are full accountability for all aspects of personal and process safety. Mr Jager provides visible leadership in these critical areas.
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.
Mr Mason played an instrumental role in launching Fonterra’s successful Trading Amongst Farmers, and the associated unit IPO. He also has seven years of governance experience, having held directorship responsibilities for several companies and organisations both in New Zealand and in the US.
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.