Ronald Trotter

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Sir Ronald Ramsay Trotter
Born (1927-10-09)9 October 1927
Hawera, New Zealand
Died 11 August 2010(2010-08-11) (aged 82)
Wellington, New Zealand
Alma mater Lincoln University, New Zealand, Valuation and Farm Management, 1948[1]
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Lady Margaret Trotter

Sir Ronald Ramsay "Ron" Trotter (9 October 1927 – 11 August 2010) was one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent business leaders. He was knighted for his service to business in 1985.

Biography[edit]

Business[edit]

Trotter was instrumental in the formation of Fletcher Challenge Corporation in 1981, where he was the Chief Executive and Chairman.

Directorships and management roles[edit]

  • Managing Director and Chairman of Wright Stephenson and Co (1958–72)
  • Chairman and Managing Director Challenge Corporation (1970–1981)[2]
  • Chairman and Chief Executive of Fletcher Challenge (1981–87)
  • Chairman Fletcher Challenge (1987–90)
  • Trustee and Chairman of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (1973–86)
  • Chairman of Telecom Corporation of New Zealand
  • Director of Air New Zealand (1989–93)
  • Director and Chairman of Toyota New Zealand (1964–2001)
  • Inaugural Chairman of the New Zealand Business Roundtable (1985–1990)

Public service[edit]

Trotter made substantial contributions to the public sector. His roles included:

  • Chairman of the Steering Committee of the New Zealand Economic Summit Conference of 1984
  • Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Chairman of the State-owned Enterprises Advisory Committee (1987–88)
  • Chairman of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Chairman of Post Office Bank (1989)
  • Member and Chairman of the Oversees Investment Commission (1974–77)
  • Chairman of the Interim Provider Board

Other[edit]

Trotter was also an art collector and, along with his wife Margaret, Lady Trotter, played an instrumental role in the formation of the Fletcher Challenge Art Collection.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lincoln University Profile". http://www.lincoln.ac.nz. Retrieved 2009-07-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Fletcher Challenge Archives – Companies". Fletcher Challenge Archives. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Fletcher Challenge Art Collection History". http://www.fletchercollection.co.nz. April 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-07.