Chris Moller (BCA 1976; DipAcc 1977)
Chris is a highly respected businessman and sports administrator who has shown outstanding leadership in fields as diverse as dairying, rugby and cricket.
Chris established a reputation for visionary leadership during 15 years in the dairy industry, initially as a senior executive with the New Zealand Dairy Board and then as the inaugural deputy chief executive of the newly formed Fonterra. Since then, Chris has made major contributions at a governance level to some of New Zealand’s largest and most significant organisations, including NZX Limited, Westpac New Zealand, SKYCITY Entertainment Group, Meridian Energy and the New Zealand Transport Agency—chairing the last three organisations.
Just as significant for New Zealand has been Chris’s work as a sporting administrator. He is the only New Zealander to have held the positions of chief executive and chairman of the national bodies for rugby and cricket respectively, and is also the first person in the world to have sat on the boards of the global governing bodies of both codes, the International Cricket Council and the International Rugby Board.
Chris’s tenure at the New Zealand Rugby Union saw a hugely successful Lions tour of New Zealand in 2005, as well as his co-leadership of New Zealand’s winning bid to host Rugby World Cup 2011. He then served as chairman of New Zealand Cricket, playing an instrumental role in organising the co-hosting of the Cricket World Cup 2015 with Australia.
In 2015, Chris was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and sport.