Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Dan Huggins was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in October 2021. Prior to that he was BNZ’s Executive, Customer, Products & Services from March 2020, having returned home to New Zealand after 13 years overseas.
Dan has 20 years of experience across a range of industries, including Banking, Retail, and Manufacturing. Prior to BNZ, Dan was at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), in Sydney, where, most recently, he held the role of Executive General Manager of Home Buying and was accountable for CBA’s home lending portfolio. Dan has also held roles at McKinsey & Company, Fonterra and ASB.
He holds an MBA, with distinction, from The Kellogg School of Management, and a Masters of Engineering Management from The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, at Northwestern University in the USA. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) with a major in Accounting and Finance, from the University of Auckland.
Dan was born in New Plymouth and grew up in Taranaki. He is married with two children.
LL.B. (Hons), (Otago), LL.M. (Harvard), FNZIM
Mai Chen was appointed to the board of BNZ as an independent non-executive director in April 2015, and is chair of the People and Remuneration Committee and the Board’s Health and Safety Champion..
Mai is a barrister and solicitor with significant commercial and business experience and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland’s Law School. She specialises in public, regulatory and employment law, and has served on the Securities Commission of New Zealand, which has been superseded by the Financial Markets Authority (New Zealand).
Mai was previously on the advisory board of AMP Life Limited (NZ), NZ Board of Trade and Enterprise’s Beachheads Programme, Asia New Zealand Foundation, the Royal NZ Ballet, and on university and polytechnic councils. Mai is the inaugural chair of Global Women, Superdiverse Women and, Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, and New Zealand Asian Leaders.
Mai is the Managing Partner at Chen Palmer New Zealand Public Law Specialists Limited and a director of ASIANZ CEO Limited, Superdiverse Women Limited, CPP Limited and Socrates NZ Limited. Mai is also a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and Global Women.
B.COM., FCA (CAANZ)
Bruce Hassall was appointed as an independent non-executive director of BNZ in December 2015 and is Chair of the New Zealand Risk and Audit Committee.
Bruce is a chartered accountant and was previously Senior Partner and CEO of PriceWaterhouseCoopers New Zealand. Bruce has considerable commercial and strategic experience, together with technical audit, finance, and governance knowledge. His areas of expertise include financial reporting and capital raising and he has extensive industry knowledge across a wide range of sectors.
Bruce is Chairman of Fletcher Building Industries Limited, Fletcher Building Limited, Farmers Trading Company and Prolife Foods Limited. Bruce is a director of Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited and Marivan Holdings Limited. Bruce is also a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Kevin Kenrick was appointed as an independent non-executive director of BNZ in July 2016.
He has spent the last 20 years leading the transformation of established businesses undergoing significant disruption across the telecommunications, travel, and media industry sectors.
Kevin is currently CEO of TVNZ and has led the state broadcaster through a significant period of digital evolution, managing its transition from a free-to-air offering, to its highly successful, multi-platform offering including TVNZ OnDemand. He held the role of CEO of House of Travel from 2008 to 2011 and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer of Telecom NZ.
Kevin is currently a director of Freeview Television Limited, NZOOM Limited, TVNZ International Limited and TVNZ Investments Limited, and is Chair of the Good George Brewing Advisory Board.
BEc (Hons), MBA
Louis Hawke was appointed to the board of BNZ as an independent non-executive director in February 2017. Louis is Chair of BNZ Insurance Services Limited and BNZ Life Insurance Limited.
Louis has had significant experience in consulting, private equity, and financial services. Louis has also held managing director roles in retail banking at ANZ, and general manager roles at Westpac and Advance Bank in retail and commercial banking.
Prior to financial services, Louis was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialised in strategic evaluations and takeovers, and was an economist with the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, providing advice on economic issues and policy.
Louis has a strong interest in how customer behaviour and technological advances are impacting traditional business models and has been involved in a number of innovations and start-up ventures.
BEc (Hons) Sydney, FCA
Gary Lennon was appointed as a non-executive director of BNZ in May 2019.
Gary has extensive banking and finance experience and was appointed to the role of NAB Group Chief Financial Officer in March 2016. He previously held the role of Executive General Manager Finance, leading the NAB Group's Finance function globally. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Financial Officer, Wholesale Banking, at NAB.
Before joining NAB in 2008, Gary held a number of senior finance executive roles at Deutsche Bank in Australia, Japan and Singapore and KPMG in Sydney and London.
Gary is a director of the Stronger Smarter Institute, an organisational committed to the educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
MBA, LLB, BA
Linley Wood was appointed to the board of BNZ as an independent non-executive director in April 2020.
Linley was previously a member of the ASB Executive Leadership team for 25 years, accumulating wide ranging financial services leadership experience across strategy, legal and regulatory compliance, people and culture, communications, community partnerships and end-to-end customer experience.
Linley is particularly passionate about people, culture, delivering innovative, positive customer outcomes, and supporting community organisations and initiatives.
Linley is currently a member of the Code Disciplinary Committee for the Financial Services Council, a Trustee on the Auckland City Mission and Auckland City Mission Foundation boards and the Deputy Chairman and Finance Governor for King’s School. She is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an associate member of the New Zealand Law Society.
CNZM, B.Com. (Canterbury)
Barbara Chapman was appointed as an independent non-executive director of BNZ in October 2021.
Barbara has considerable bank governance and executive management experience, having previously been the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASB Bank for approximately seven years. In that time, and in a 30-year career in banking and insurance prior to that, Barbara has gained significant experience and skills in highly-regulated and technology-disrupted industries where good customer outcomes are paramount, and society’s (and regulator) expectations are ever-increasing.
Barbara is an independent director of Fletcher Building Limited and Fletcher Building Industries Limited, Chair of NZME Limited and Genesis Energy Limited and Deputy Chair of The New Zealand Initiative Limited. Previously, Barbara has been an independent director of IAG New Zealand Limited, a member of the Reserve Bank Act Independent Expert Advisory Panel, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council. Barbara is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, a FINSIA Senior Fellow and a member of Global Women New Zealand and Chief Executive Women Australia.