Business leaders

Involvement with the business community is key to the success of our students and School. We welcome business leaders as part of regular curriculum so our students gain from direct contact with hands-on experience and information.

Building strong relationships with business leaders enables us to bring into the classroom real issues affecting global business. This helps to equip our students to meet future business challenges.

Honorary Professor of Innovation and Creativity

Kevin Roberts

In September 2009 Kevin Roberts took on the role of Honorary Professor of Innovation and Creativity. Currently the Chief Executive Officer Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin brings his experience, insight and ability to open doors to the world's most powerful business networks. This will hugely benefit the University's academic and student population and enhance its international reputation.

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Sir John Logan Campbell Executive-in-Residence

Our Executive-in-Residence (EIR) appointments broaden the Business School's relationship with the business community. Typically the EIR is a prominent senior executive whose role is to share their expertise with our faculty and students. Involved as mentor, project adviser, ambassador and networker, the EIR becomes fully integrated into the life of the School.

Greg Cross

Our Sir John Logan Campbell Executive-In-Residence is Greg Cross. In this role Greg will champion the University of Auckland Business School Entrepreneurs' Challenge and chair its Investment Committee. The Challenge is an initiative supported by entrepreneur Charles Bidwill, who donated $3 million to establish the fund to assist the development of promising New Zealand businesses at a critical stage in their growth.

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Business School Executives-in-Residence

Craig Donaldson

Craig Donaldson joined the Business School as Executive-in-Residence in December 2012. He brings to the position more than 25 years of financial market experience in New Zealand and the United States, encompassing business building, restructuring and running a number of market-leading financial businesses.

Craig has relationships with many of the world’s largest global financial institutions ranging from hedge funds, money managers, banks and central banks. He has held Managing Director positions with Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and most recently with the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Craig is the Global CEO of Kea New Zealand and the Deputy Chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Challenge Investment Committee.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Auckland Business School and management diplomas from London Business School.

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Cecilia Tarrant

Cecilia Tarrant joined the Business School as Executive-in-Residence in 2010. She brings to the position over 20 years' experience in international banking and finance in San Francisco, New York and London, first as a real estate finance lawyer, then as an investment banker. One of the leaders of the securitisation industry in Europe, she brings to the School a wealth of real-world experience and insight.

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Adjunct Professors

Jonathan Mason

Jonathan Mason has 30 years of experience in financial management roles in the oil, chemicals, forest products, and dairy industries. Mr Mason was CFO of Fonterra Co-operative, CFO of Cabot Corporation (a Boston based chemical company), and CFO of Carter Holt Harvey. Mr Mason also served in senior financial management positions at US based International Paper from 1990-2000.   

Mr Mason now is a director of Air New Zealand, Vector Limited and Zespri and an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland.

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Chris Johnson

Chris has spent over 20 years helping individuals take charge of their career. He has combined a career as HR director, board member and managing director with being a confidant, consultant and coach to hundreds of leaders.

Originally starting as a qualified sports coach 30 years ago, he was one of the first senior managers to experience the value of executive coaching in the UK in the 1980s, then became a qualified executive coach himself in the 1990s.

Chris continues to coach leaders around the world, including New Zealand, Europe, Canada and the Middle East. In addition, he has worked with members of the GSM to create the Coaching for Change paper, which specifically focuses on helping MBA students “take charge of their career” post-graduation.

In his spare time he coached his wife Rosemary to be a world rowing champion. Chris is an accredited member of the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision in the UK and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Management.

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Chye Heng

Chye Heng was CFO of Beca for over 30 years (Beca is New Zealand’s largest employee owned engineering consultancy with offices throughout the Asia Pacific). He has extensive experience in the management of financial, risk and compliance matters, and specialises in the strategic growth of business internationally, with a particular focus on corporate governance and employee ownership.

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Lester Levy

Dr Lester Levy is the foundation Chief Executive of the New Zealand Leadership Institute, which commenced in October 2003. Since that time, Dr Levy has been Professor (Adjunct) of Leadership at the University of Auckland Business School. Dr Levy is also the Chairman of Auckland Transport, the Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards and Tonkin & Taylor as well as being an independent director of the public listed company Orion Health. A graduate of Medicine and an MBA with his formative management background in large multi-nationals, Dr Levy is best known for leading a number of organisational performance transformations as a Chief Executive and entrepreneur, in both the public and private sectors.

Dr Levy teaches leadership, governance and ethics at the postgraduate level and his research interests include concepts of leadership, perceptions of leadership, governance as leadership and the relationship between leadership and management. His work has been published in a number of international peer reviewed academic journals and he is the author of the book “Leadership and the Whirlpool Effect”. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List, Dr Levy was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to health and education.

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