Biography

Sir John Hood

Sir John Hood

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation

Sir John Hood, KNZM, is the President and Chief Executive Office of the Robertson Foundation and serves as a director on the boards of Blackstone and Aurora Energy Research.

In addition to these appointments, Sir John serves on the boards of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and the Saïd Business School Foundation.

He recently retired as Chairman of the BMT Group, as Chair of Rhodes Trust and as a director of Study Group.  He will be retiring from WPP plc mid-June 2020.

From 2004 to 2009, Sir John served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland from 1999 to 2004.

Sir John earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland. Upon completing his doctorate, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. There, he read for an MPhil in Management Studies and was a member of Worcester College. Sir John has been appointed a Knight Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit.