Joan Withers

Chair, The Warehouse

Joan has spent over 25 years working in the media industry holding CEO positions in both newspaper and radio, and has been a professional director for 20 years. Her current governance roles include Chair of Mercury NZ Ltd, The Warehouse Group Ltd and director of ANZ NZ. She is a former Chair of Auckland International Airport and TVNZ.

In July 2005, Joan became chief executive officer of Fairfax New Zealand Limited, New Zealand’s largest media company, a role from which she retired in 2009. She had previously held the position of Chief Executive of The Radio Network.

Joan is a Trustee of the Louise Perkins Foundation, and is Chair of a steering committee working to increase the percentage of South Auckland M?ori and Pacific Island students taking up roles in the health sector.

She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of Auckland. She is also a University of Auckland Distinguished Alumni (2015). Joan is the author of “A Girl’s Guide to Business” which was published by Penguin Books in 1998 and ‘A Woman’s Place – life, leadership and lessons from the boardroom’ published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Joan won the New Zealand Shareholders Beacon Award in 2014 and the CAANZ Media Excellence Award in 2009. In 2015 she was named Supreme Winner in the Women of Influence Awards and was named as Chairperson of the Year in the Deloitte Top 200 Management Awards.