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Dame Therese Walsh.

Dame Therese Walsh

Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 May 2016)

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

Previously she was the Head of the New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and the Chief Operating Officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited. She has also been a Director of 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.

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.

Jan Dawson.

Janice (Jan) Dawson, Deputy Chair


Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 April 2011)

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.

Rob Jager.

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.

Linda Jenkinson.

Linda Jenkinson


Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 June 2014)

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.

Laurissa Cooney.

Laurissa Cooney

BMS (Hons), FCA, CMinstD

Independent Non-Executive Director (Appointed 1 October 2019)

Ms Cooney is a Fellow 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 and was the Chief Financial Officer for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Ms Cooney currently serves as the Chair of Tourism Bay of Plenty, and is an Independent Non-Executive Director for AWF Madison Group and a Trustee on the Charitable Investment Trust for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki. She also holds a role as an independent director on the Audit & Risk board of 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.

Ms Cooney is of Te Āti Hau Nui a Pāpā Rangi (Whanganui) descent. 

Jonathan Mason.    

Jonathan Mason

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 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.

Larry De Shon

Independent Non-Executive Director - Appointed 20 April 2020

Mr De Shon has more than 40 years' experience in the Aviation and transportation industries. 

Prior to joining Air New Zealand's Board in April 2020, he was Chief Executive Officer of Avis Budget Group, Inc, where he was responsible for more than 30,000 employees globally.

He also spent 28 years with United Airlines where he held a number of Executive roles across key business areas such as Airport Operations, Marketing and On-Board Service. During his time as the head of United's worldwide Airport Operations, he oversaw the airline's ground operations, logistics, safety, customer service, product development and internal communications teams.

Mr De Shon is a non-executive director for The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc, a US-based Fortune 500 investment and insurance company, where he serves on the board's Audit Committee and the Finance, Investment and Risk Management Committee.

Mr De Shon has bachelor's degrees in both communications and sociology from the University of Missouri.

Dean Bracewell

Independent Non-Executive Director - Appointed 20 April 2020

Mr Bracewell has significant experience in the freight and logistics industry, with the majority of his career spent at Freightways Limited (Freightways) where he held a number of senior leadership and Executive roles, including most recently as Managing Director from 1999 to 2017.

During his over 30-year career at Freightways he led the business through its successful initial public offering in 2003 and as it diversified its business and extended its geographical footprint into Australia.

Mr Bracewell is a Director of Tainui Group Holdings Limited, Property for Industry Limited and the Halberg Foundation. He is also a member of the Government's Future of Rail Steering Group and was a director of the public policy think tank "The New Zealand Initiative" and its predecessor the "New Zealand Business Roundtable" from 2011 to 2015.

Mr Bracewell is of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāi Te Rangi descent.