Ralph Norris joined the Founding National Male Champions of Change group in 2011.
Ralph retired as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in November 2011 following a 40 year career in business and the banking sector in Australia and New Zealand. During his career, he had a number of senior executive roles including Chief Executive Officer of ASB Bank and Air New Zealand Ltd.
He is Chairman of Fletcher Building Ltd (since October 2014), Fonterra Ltd (since May 2012), New Zealand Treasury, FSF Funds Management Ltd. He is on the Board of Origin Energy as well as the Advisory Board of Tax Management Ltd and Families Inc and he is a former Director of the Business Council of Australia, the International Monetary Conference, Chairman of Sovereign Insurance Ltd, the New Zealand Bankers’ Association, New Zealand Business Roundtable and the Australian Bankers’ Association.
He is a member of the New Zealand Olympic Advisory Committee, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Board and the Auckland University Council.
Ralph was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of NSW in 2013. He 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. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society.