Janine Smith - Principal and Chair

Janine Smith - Principal and Chair Janine has been a company director for over 20 years.  Her wide ranging knowledge and expertise arises from her experience as a CEO, executive director and independent director with companies in the commercial, arts, and education sectors, both in New Zealand and overseas. She was awarded an MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to corporate governance. She is currently Chair of AsureQuality Limited, the independent member of Fonterra’s Governance Development Committee, President of London Business School Auckland chapter and a director of several private companies.

Previously she was Chair of McLarens Young NZ Ltd (now Crawfords) and Custom Fleet NZ, Deputy Chair of Kordia Group Limited, and Airways Corporation, a Director of Steel & Tube Holdings Limited, The Warehouse Group, Bank of New Zealand, Kensington Swan Legal and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and a Trustee of Venture Taranaki, Taranaki's economic development agency. Janine has also been a member of a number of advisory boards in tertiary education including the NZ Business Education Roundtable, University of Auckland Short Courses, University of Auckland Governance Centre, and Massey Business School. Her executive roles include GM / CEO and Executive Director of Arnott’s New Zealand Limited, part of the Campbell Soup Company USA, and Executive Director of Telecom Directories Limited, then part of Telecom Corporation.

Janine is a well-known judge and convenor of the New Zealand and Australasian Marketing and Advertising awards, Deloittes Top 200 awards and a current judge of the NZTE international business awards. She is an alumnus of the London Business School, the University of Auckland, AUT, and is a member of the Institute of Directors, ArcAngels and Global Women. Janine specialises in boardroom practice, strategic planning and organisational development and change issues for boards and management.

Janine has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in finance and marketing and a Master of Philosophy (Hons 1st class) on governance, completed in 2010, where she researched the characteristics and factors of both effective and ineffective boards.
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Link to Janine Smith's Master of Philosophy Thesis - Topic: Directors' insights from inside the boardroom: A New Zealand Perspective. November 2010.
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(Link will take you to the The AUT Research Repository.)
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