Peter Harris

Former Managing Director and CEO at CBL

Auckland, New Zealand

Peter Harris is an entrepreneur and finance professional based in New Zealand.

As the former CEO and Managing Director of CBL Insurance, Harris led an international team that provided specialty insurance and reinsurance based on credit and financial risk in the building, contracting and construction industries.


Quality partnerships are the key to growth on a global scale, and the NZ entrepreneur has made a career cultivating relationships in the industry. Harris grew CBL from two employees in Auckland to more than 550 employees in 25 countries and led the business through its IPO listing on the NZX and ASX. In 1996, Harris participated in CBL's buyout, maintaining relationships with expert distributors and manufacturers. Through these mutual partnerships, CBL grew to be the largest New Zealand owned insurance company in terms of annual GWP.


An accomplished financial services executive and entrepreneur who grew up on a rural farm in Auckland, New Zealand, Peter Harris holds an undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Auckland and a master’s degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney. He is also a chartered accountant through both the Waikato Institute of Technology and the Manukau Institute of Technology.


Over the course of his career, Harris has served tenures as Finance Director of the Boston Marks Group and Chief Executive Officer of General Capital. His early professional achievements led to a prestigious Air New Zealand Young “Businessman of the Year” designation in 1984.


Harris holds status as an “Authorized Person” with both the Central Bank of Ireland and the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority. He sits on the board of directors for both Assetinsure Holdings and European Insurance Services. He also holds active membership in the New Zealand Institute of Management, the New Zealand Latin America Business Council, and the Australian Graduate School of Management.

  • ​Early Life & Education

  • Air New Zealand Young Businessman Award

  • CBL

  • International Expansion

  • CBL Goes Public

  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Spirit of Adventure Foundation

  • Professional Resume 


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