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.
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.
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.
Business School Executives-in-Residence
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.
Geoff Whitcher joined the Business School as an Executive in Residence in 2018. He brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in business, including stints at Unilever and Fletcher Challenge, and has an extensive relationship with the University of Auckland, which he joined in 2000 as the commercial director of University of Auckland Developments.
Geoff is known as a pioneering legend for his contribution to an innovative and entrepreneurial knowledge economy in New Zealand. He is the founding Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and was the driving force behind a number of initiatives that have impacted the transformation of the Business School, including Spark (now Velocity), Chiasma, the Entrepreneurs’ Challenge and the Icehouse.
Geoff is a mentor to many emerging entrepreneurial and business leaders in New Zealand. In 2017 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
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.
Business School Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Mitchell Pham joined the Business School as Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2018. Mitchell is a Vietnamese-Kiwi business and social entrepreneur. He brings to the position extensive experience in information management, software products and services, sales and marketing, international operations, integrated health-disability-social services, strategy development, collaborative partnerships and strategic growth through innovation.
Mitchell is Chairman of the New Zealand Asia Institute Strategic Advisory Board, Co-founder, Director and Head of Sales and Marketing of the Augen Software Group in New Zealand, as well as Chairman and Director of their operation in Vietnam.
Mitchell is actively involved in FinTech, HealthTech and Blockchain, as well as other areas in the tech sector. He serves as Chair of the NZ Technology Industry Association (NZTech) and the NZ Financial Technology Innovation Association (FinTechNZ). Internationally, he is recognised for leadership, as an Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Tom Peters first gained worldwide attention with his ground-breaking 1982 bestseller In Search of Excellence, co-written with Robert Waterman, and today is acknowledged as one of the 100 most influential figures in modern business. He continues to be in constant demand for lectures and seminars and in 2017 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Thinkers50.
Tom studied civil engineering at Cornell University (BCE, MCE), followed by an MBA and PhD in business at Stanford, and spent his early career in the US Navy, at the White House, and at McKinsey & Company, where he became a partner before leaving to set up his own consulting practice. Sixteen books and 35 years later, he has been instrumental in shaping management thinking through his work as a consultant, writer, columnist and public speaker.
The impact of his work has led to honorary doctorates from institutions including the University of San Francisco and the State University of Management in Moscow, and dozens of associations in management, leadership, innovation, marketing and design have honoured him.
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.
Chris Johnson 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.
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.
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. 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.
Emeritus Professor Harvey Perkins has had a varied career in teaching, public service, management, consultancy and academia in NZ, the US and the UK.
Harvey is a geographer and conducts research of interest to human geographers, sociologists, planners and property personnel. This research focuses on elements of urban, peri-urban and rural social, economic and environmental change.
Associate Professor Daniel Vidal is a general management consultant with strong hands-on systems and business strategy development experience gained in top international companies. He has extensive consulting and advisory background with specific strengths in IT-driven transformation, business performance enhancement, change management, and improving competitive position.
Daniel has been lecturing on business and information management topics at a postgraduate level since 1995. Currently, Daniel teaches in three postgraduate programmes: MBA, Master in BioScience Enterprise and Master in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship.
Dr Peter Lee teaches the staff of numerous New Zealand companies and government agencies how to increase the revenues and profits from new products as part of the MBA course at the University of Auckland. Companies benefit from analysis and advice for new product and venture investments by involving Peter either as a director, consultant or member of the advisory boards.
Peter has thirty years of commercial experience in senior roles in US business including VP of R&D at International Paper Company for 15 years, and he also serves as Chief Defence Technologist for New Zealand.
Professor Brent Gallupe advises both private and public sector organisations on the development and use of collaborative technologies for management teams. His reputation for being on the forefront of information technology has earned him frequent invitations to lecture at universities in New Zealand, the United States and Europe. He holds an ongoing Visiting Professorship at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.