John Hart has had an outstanding career in both business and sport.
John spent 30 years with the Fletcher Challenge Group, the last ten of which in the role of Employee Relations Director he oversaw the development and co-ordination of the Human Resources function for the 30,000 employees across Fletcher Challenge’s international operations.
Following an outstanding coaching career with the champion Auckland provincial team, John was appointed an All Blacks Selector and Assistant All Blacks Coach in 1987 when the All Blacks won the inaugural Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Following a number of years as an All Blacks Selector and Coach of the unbeaten NZ Colts and Development Teams, he was appointed All Blacks Coach in 1996 to lead the All Blacks into the professional era.
During his four year tenure as All Blacks Coach the All Blacks became the first New Zealand side to win a series in South Africa, as well as winning the Tri-Nations Series in 1996, 1997 and 1999.
John retired from rugby coaching in 1999 with a staggering 88% unbeaten record in the 175 matches he coached at first class level.
John was awarded the ONZM in 1997, has published two best selling books, and in 1997 was voted New Zealander of the Year by the National Business Review.
He currently runs his own consulting business, consulting to both sporting and business organisations. He has recently assumed the role of Executive Director - Football with the New Zealand Warriors franchise which competes in the Australasian National Rugby League Competition. John is a Director of publicly listed Sky Network Television, and also sits on the Boards of a number of private organisations, including Bayley Corporation, New Zealand’s
pre-eminent real estate company.
His vision, motivational, and man-management skills have been recognised worldwide.