Peter Harris commenced his career as a banker (investment) and manufacturing executive. Afterward, he ventured into the finance sector, where he worked for Boston Marks Group Limited as the Finance Director and Shareholder for three years (1989 to 1992). He provided both financial and insurance consultants to the aviation, transportation, and contracting businesses of New Zealand.
After leaving Boston Marks Group, Mr. Harris became the Chief Executive Officer of General Capital Limited. He worked at the company for four years (1992 to 1996). He offered investment banking services to high-end private corporate markets and high-end private clients in the contracting, aviation, and transportation sector.
In 1996, Peter Harris joined CBL Insurance Corporation based in Auckland, New Zealand, which deals with reinsurance services. CBL also provides underwriting, income protection, brokerage, and property deposit and rental guarantee bonds services globally. Harris served as the company’s International Business Director from 1996 to 2007. He was involved in the final buyout of CBL Insurance in 1996 and also oversaw the company’s increased growth and acquisitions worldwide. According to Harris, building strong partnerships is essential to any business as it helps it to grow in the international market. As such, he created strong relationships with expert manufacturers and distributors, thus helping CBL grow to a worldwide level.
Peter Harris was later promoted to the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in the company in 2007. There he led the company into becoming the largest insurance corporation (New Zealand owned) in terms of annual GWP. Harris was in charge of an international team that provided insurance and reinsurance centered on credit and financial risk in the construction, building, and constructing sectors. He worked at CBL for twenty-two years.
Harris grew CBL into a successful internationally known company from two employees in New Zealand to over 550 staff members in twenty-five nations.
Peter Harris was raised on a farm in New Zealand. He studied Chartered Accountancy at the Manukau Institute of Technology. Mr. Harris then went to the AGSM @ UNSW Business School. Later, he attended Auckland University, where he studied Marketing. Peter Harris enrolled at the Australian University Graduate School of Management for post-graduate education.
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