Sir Ralph Norris

Former CEO Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Air New Zealand and ASB Bank

Sir Ralph retired as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in November 2011 following a 40 year career in the banking sector in Australia and New Zealand, including as Chief Executive Officer of ASB Bank.  He is also a former Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand. During his career he led large organisations through transformational change.

Sir Ralph is Chairman of Contact and RANQX Holdings and a director of the Advisory Board of New Zealand Treasury and Fletcher Building Industries.

He is a member of SouthPark Corporation, the NZ Olympic Advisory Committee, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Board, The University of Auckland Council and trustee of Business Mentors New Zealand. He also served as an independent non-executive director of Fletcher Building from 2001 to 2005.

Sir Ralph was appointed to the Fletcher Building Limited board in April 2014. He became Chairman in October 2014.

Sir Ralph was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 and a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business in 2006. In 2012, he had conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of New South Wales.

 He served as the Chairman of the Board at Australian Bankers' Association. He serves as a Trustee of the Starship Foundation. He serves as a Board Member of Business Council Of Australia and International Monetary Conference. Sir Ralph is a Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Management and Fellow of New Zealand Computer Society. 

He is a member of the NZ Olympic Advisory Committee and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Board. He has been the Chairman of the New Zealand Bankers Association, Tourism Auckland. He served as Chairman of Sovereign Assurance and the New Zealand Business Roundtable.