Bank director to join Origin board

Ralph Norris will join Origin Energy’s board as an independent non-executive director, effective from April 1, 2012.

Mr Norris was formerly managing director and chief executive officer Commonwealth Bank of Australia, prior to which he was managing director and chief executive officer of ASB Bank and Air New Zealand.

Origin chairman Kevin McCann said that Origin is very pleased that Mr Norris has agreed to join the board.

“Ralph has had an outstanding and successful business career in Australia and New Zealand. He brings a wealth of management and financial experience to the Origin Board together with a deep knowledge of global business and financial trends and this will provide a significant contribution to Origin’s growing businesses,” Mr McCann said.

The new board member is a former director of Fletcher Building, 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.

Mr Norris 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.