Sir Ron Trotter
New Zealand business icon Ron Trotter died peacefully at his Kapiti Coast home this week after a long illness.
Prime Minister John Key said, "Ron's contribution to business in New Zealand was significant. His achievements, including being founding chairman of the Business Roundtable, will leave a lasting legacy.
"His knighthood for services to business in 1985 was a well-deserved recognition of the substantial difference Sir Ron made to business in New Zealand. His vision, determination and leadership were legendary.
"It was with much sadness that I heard of his death and I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to Lady Margaret and his family."
Sir Ron led a number of New Zealand's largest companies. He was Chief Executive and Chairman of Fletcher Challenge from its formation in 1981, was chairman of Telecom as well as being director and chairman of Toyota until 2001.