Air New Zealand Board

Below are profiles of Air New Zealand's Directors.

On this page you will also find Air New Zealand's Board Charter, information about independence of Directors and nomination and selection information.

Also see our board committees.

Dame Therese Walsh

Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 May 2016)

Dame Therese Walsh.

Dame Therese Walsh is an Independent director and Chairman of Air New Zealand Ltd.  She is also a Director of ASB Bank Ltd, and Contact Energy Ltd, a Board member of Antarctica New Zealand and Pro Chancellor of Victoria University.

Previously she was the Head of New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and the Chief Operating Officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited. She has also been Chairman of TVNZ Ltd, a Director of NZX Ltd, NZ Cricket and Save the Children NZ, Trustee of Wellington Regional Stadium, CFO at the New Zealand Rugby Union and part of the team that worked on the winning bid to host RWC 2011. Prior to this she was an auditor at KPMG.

彩福彩票Dame Therese is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a commerce graduate from Victoria University. In 2013, she was named the inaugural supreme winner of the Women of Influence Awards and was awarded a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award in 2014. She became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2015.

Janice (Jan) Dawson, Deputy Chair

Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 April 2011)

Jan Dawson.

Ms Dawson is Chairman of Westpac New Zealand and a director of AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited, Beca Group Limited, and Meridian Energy 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.

Robert (Rob) Jager

BE (Hons), MBA
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 April 2013)

Rob Jager.

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.

彩福彩票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.

Linda Jenkinson

M.B.A., B.B.S
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 June 2014)

Linda Jenkinson.

彩福彩票Ms Jenkinson is the Chair and Co-Founder of John Paul Inc., a United Kingdom based global concierge services and digital solutions company that services some of the world’s leading customer facing businesses.

Ms Jenkinson is currently director and secretary of Massey University US Foundation and an advisory member of Global Women.

Ms Jenkinson holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University.

In 2016, Ms Jenkinson was named a World Class New Zealander and has been awarded as 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.

Jonathan Mason

M.B.A., M.A, B.A.
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 March 2014)

Jonathan Mason.

彩福彩票Mr Mason has more than 30 years experience in the financial sector, with an emphasis on emerging markets.

彩福彩票Prior to joining Air New Zealand’s Board in March 2014, he was Fonterra Co-operative Group’s Chief Financial Officer.

彩福彩票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 Limited 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. His current directorships include Vector Limited, Westpac NZ and Zespri Group Limited. Mr Mason also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland, specialising in international finance.

Rt Hon Sir John Key

Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 September 2017)

Air NZ board member Sir John Key.

Sir John was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016. He successfully led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city, Christchurch. Among his portfolios, Sir John was Minister for Tourism. In this role he promoted New Zealand offshore and oversaw substantial growth in New Zealand's tourism industry. He retains a strong interest in the best that our country has to offer both local and international tourists.

Sir John is well respected in international affairs. He chairs the International Democrat Union and chaired the United Nations Security Council in 2016. Sir John, who was knighted in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours, has also been appointed an Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia.

Sir John's current business activities include a role advising a $200 billion United States corporation on its investments in China as well as an advisory role with a New York fund manager.

彩福彩票Sir John worked in investment banking for 20 years primarily for Bankers Trust in New Zealand and Merrill Lynch in Singapore, London and Sydney. His positions included heading Merrill Lynch's global foreign exchange business along with responsibility for European derivative trading and E. Commerce. He was a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1999-2001).

Laurissa Cooney

BMS (Hons), CA, CMinstD
Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 October 2019)

Laurissa Cooney.

彩福彩票Ms Cooney is of Te Āti Hau Nui a Pāpā Rangi (Whanganui) descent and is a professional independent Director with several iwi affiliated entities, as well as Chief Financial Officer for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is a Chartered Accountant of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She has previously held senior manager, auditing and consulting roles with Deloitte in New Zealand and Deloitte Touche in London.

Ms Cooney currently serves as the acting Chair of Tourism Bay of Plenty, and is a Trustee on the Charitable Investment Trust for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki. She also holds roles as independent directors on the Audit & Risk boards of Āti Hau Incorporation Limited and Ngā Tāngata Tiaki and was previously a committee member for the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch. She was a 2017 recipient of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award.

She is currently studying towards a doctorate in the leadership and organisational culture space.

Independence of Directors

彩福彩票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 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.

Nomination and selection procedures

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.