Assistant to the US President and Director of Strategic Initiatives, American Government
Chris Liddell CNZM is a widely respected New Zealand businessman who was the Vice Chair and CFO of General Motors. His leadership of the company’s global finance operations included the GM IPO, the largest ever IPO at the time.
His earlier career included Senior Vice President and CFO at Microsoft, CFO of International Paper and CEO of Carter Holt Harvey, New Zealand’s second largest listed company at the time.
Chris currently brings his 30 years of finance and operation experience to the chairmanship of the Next Foundation and Xero.
He is a former director of the New Zealand Rugby Union and governor of the New Zealand Sports Foundation. A Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Auckland, Chris has actively supported a number of environmental projects in New Zealand. In 2015,
he was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.