Peter Harris left his dairy farm life in Waikato so he could begin his education at Southwell School, a boarding school in Hamilton. Though growing up as a strong farm boy was able to teach the entrepreneur some important lessons such as the value of hard work and good relationships, there were no schools of the quality that his parents wanted for their child. Peter Harris quickly excelled when he began attending Southwell School and was named Head Boy at the institution. He became known for his willingness to give others a helping hand when they needed it as well as for his proficiency as an athlete. The hard work that Peter Harris did on the farm readied him for the physical demand that came with rowing and rugby.
For more than 20 years, Peter Harris held positions at the Auckland-based insurance company CBL and is the former Managing Director and CEO. For the first 11 years with the company, he was its International Business Director from 1996 to 2007 before earning the positions of CEO and Managing Director from 2007 to 2018. Before Peter Harris started working for CBL, he had been working his way up the corporate ladder by taking a variety of positions in the insurance and financial industries and during this time, Peter Harris has become a thought leader in his field who has earned the respect of many of his peers.
Peter Harris played a large part in the 1996 buyout of CBL and it is this role that resulted in him obtaining the positions of CEO and Managing Director. while he was with the company, one of the main tasks that the was responsible for was helping the business expand on an international level and he managed to achieve this goal through hard work and the help of Alistair Hutchison, a major shareholder of the company that shared a strong entrepreneurial spirit with. During this time, Peter Harris was also supported by his family including his loving wife. Even though CBL only had a small office and three employees, he still managed to promote revenue of $2 million in 2,000 alone.