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Chris Mills

General Manager People, Culture and Communications

Chris Mills joined the Port of Auckland Executive team in March 2022 and is the General Manager People, Culture and Communications - focused on ensuring our people are at the forefront of our success.

With over twenty years of experience in a range of senior human resource and operational leadership roles, Chris brings expertise in strategic change management, employment relations, high-performance engagement, talent management, leadership coaching, business planning and project management.

Chris has recently returned to New Zealand from Canada where he worked as the Vice President – People and Culture for WestJet, a large Canadian airline based in Calgary with over 14,000 employees. Prior to this, Chris held senior HR roles at Air New Zealand, Coca-Cola and Ford Motor Company.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The University of Auckland, with a major in Management and Employee Relations. Chris's approach is highly collaborative and he has a track record of involving employees in achieving improvements in the business. ​His passion is ensuring our people bring their best self to work and the port is a place we can all be very proud of.