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Rabobank New Zealand Limited Directors 

Chris Black (Chairman)

Mr Black joined the Board on 21 November 2022 and was appointed as Chair on 23 November 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Surveying from Otago University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Victoria University, and is a Chartered Accountant.

Mr Black has considerable governance and executive experience, with a strong background in rural insurance, banking and investment management, including senior positions at UBS in the United Kingdom and, on returning to New Zealand, at Bank of New Zealand and its parent company National Bank of Australia. Mr Black was previously Chief Executive of rural insurance group Farmers Mutual Group for 13 years.

Mr Black recently joined the Board of the two core entities at Southern Cross and was appointed Chair of Toka Tū Ake | Earthquake Commission and a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation. He was previously president of the Insurance Council of New Zealand and on the Board of the Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman Scheme.

Mr Black is a member and the Chair of the Board People and Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Board Audit Committee and Board Risk and Compliance Committee.

Tim Deane

Mr Deane joined the Board on 15 November 2023. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) from the University of Canterbury.

Mr Deane has considerable commercial and senior executive experience across banking, food and fibre and other sectors. He is owner and managing director of New Zealand clothing manufacturer Norsewear.

He previously held senior executive roles at ASB Bank, Goodman Fielder (NZ) and Fonterra.

 

Mr Deane is a member and the Chair of the Board Risk and Compliance Committee and a member of the Board Audit Committee and Board People and Remuneration Committee.

Brent Goldsack

Mr Goldsack joined the Board on 1 April 2020. He graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, he is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia, New Zealand.

Mr Goldsack retired as a Managing Partner from PwC in 2017, 12 years of which he was a partner after working in New Zealand, Moscow and London. He also previously worked in Private Equity in London and New York. Mr Goldsack is currently on the Board of Fonterra Co-operative Group and Power Farming Group, is the Chair of Waitomo Group and Better Eggs. He is a Trustee (and past Chair) of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Mr Goldsack and his wife are dairy farmers in the Waikato.

Mr Goldsack is a member and the Chair of the Board Audit Committee and a member of the Board Risk and Compliance Committee and Board People and Remuneration Committee.

Geerten Battjes

Mr Geerten Battjes joined the Board on 28 May 2015. He holds an honours degree in Econometrics from the State University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Mr Battjes joined Rabobank in 2009 and was responsible for the risk management function within Rabobank's international operations. Currently he is Rabobank's Head Enterprise Risk and Chief Credit Officer. Mr Battjes is the Senior Officer Outside Australia for Rabobank Australia Branch and a director of Rabobank Australia Limited.

Mr Battjes is a member of the Board Audit Committee, the Board Risk and Compliance Committee and the Board People and Remuneration Committee.

Lara Yocarini

Ms Lara Yocarini joined the Board on 1 December 2020. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies.

Ms Yocarini is an experienced executive who has worked across Europe, the United States and Africa, in finance, management consulting and not-for-profit organisations. She joined Rabobank’s Wholesale and Rural business in early 2020 and has been instrumental in driving delivery of its global strategic transformation agenda. Since October 2021, she has headed up Rabobank’s rural business internationally and looks after a portfolio of activities supporting Rabobank’s strategy and positioning as a leading Food & Agri bank. Ms Yocarini is a Member of the Shareholders Council of Rabo Partnerships and also a director of Rabobank Australia Limited and Conservis LLC.

Previously, Ms Yocarini was a Managing Director with Natixis CIB and an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company in Paris. Earlier in her career, she worked for the United Nations Development Program in New York.

Ms Yocarini is a member of the Board Audit Committe, the Board People and Remuneration Committee and Board Risk and Compliance Committee.