Jan Dawson joins Ports of Auckland Board as Director

Jan Dawson speaking at the Fifth Annual Indian Newslink Lecture held on July 27, 2015 at Pullman Hotel, Auckland (INL Photo by Narendra Bedekar)

Staff Reporter
Auckland, August 28, 2021

Westpac Director Jan Dawson has been appointed to the Board of Ports of Auckland Limited, Mayor Phil Goff has announced.

He said that Ms Dawson comes to the board with a wealth of leadership and governance experience including recently as Chair of Westpac New Zealand Limited and Deputy Chair of Air New Zealand Limited.

“Her experience and skill set will be invaluable to the Port as it continues to respond to the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis and its effects on global shipping. Ms Dawson will also play an important role in the ongoing implementation of the recommendations of the independent Health and Safety Review, which will help to make the Port safer for its employees. I look forward to working with her,” he said.

Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore said that it is a privilege to welcome Ms Dawson to the board of Ports of Auckland.

“She is a high-calibre appointee whose skills and experience will add significant value to the board,” he said.

Auckland Council is the sole shareholder of Ports of Auckland Limited.

About Jan Dawson

Jan Dawson is an independent director with appointments to a number of New Zealand companies. She is currently Chair of Westpac New Zealand Limited, Deputy Chair of Air New Zealand Limited, and a Director of Meridian Energy Limited and AIG Insurance New Zealand Limited. Her term on Westpac New Zealand and Air New Zealand ends in October 2021.

She is on the Council for the University of Auckland and the Capital Investment Committee of the Ministry of Health. She chairs the Audit Committee and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee for a number of these entities.

She was the Chairman and Chief Executive for KPMG New Zealand for five years until 2011, following a career spanning 30 years, specialising in audit and accounting services in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.

Her previous board appointments include Beca Limited and Goodman Fielder Ltd.

She was elected as a Vice President of World Sailing President for the four years ending in November 2020 and the President and Board Chair of Yachting New Zealand for six years to October 2013.

Ms Dawson was the Guest Speaker at the Firth Annual Indian Newslink Lecture held on July 27, 2015 at Pullman Hotel, Auckland.

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