KiwiRail chair Brian Corban has died: ‘A mighty kauri has fallen’

Brian Corban

KiwiRail chairman Brian Corban has died.

Described as a knowledgeable leader, Corban was a professional company chairman and director, businessman and community leader.  He had been at the forefront of change in many sectors – both commercial and non-commercial – and was well known for his broad range of commercial and governance experience.

He served as chair of KiwiRail Holdings and the New Zealand Railways Corporation since July 2019, following a year as deputy chair of KiwiRail.

KiwiRail chief executive Greg Miller said he is “deeply saddened by the passing of Corban”.

He was appointed a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand in 2014. He was also the chair of West Auckland Trusts Services Limited, the Melanesian Mission Trust Board and a number of private companies, including Ngatarawa Wines Limited. He was chair of the Corban Estate Arts Centre, chair of the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum, a member of the Board of the Auckland Museum and the former chair of the Graeme Dingle Endowment Foundation.

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