John Bongard ONZM

BCom 1982

John Bongard’s illustrious career saw him marketing appliances worldwide and establishing sales companies in Australia and the United States.

His career spanned 36 years at Fisher & Paykel Appliances and in 2010 he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business. In 2006 John was named New Zealand Business Leader of the Year.

Formerly the Chief Executive and Managing Director of Fisher & Paykel Appliances, John left the company in 2009 to focus on his health after being diagnosed with cancer in 2008. This decision led to him spending more time with loved ones, as well as getting involved with community groups and serving on boards for national and international organisations.

John is the Founder and Chairman of The Rising Foundation which is a south Auckland youth assistance programme. The initiative supports at-risk youth, with issues including potential gang affiliations and risk taking behaviours, and victims of bullies. They are mentored and taught life skills to help them map out a positive future.

John is the Chairman of the National Science Programme SfTI and SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust. He is the Deputy Chairman of Second Nature Trust and The Totara Foundation, while also holding other community based roles.