Terra Cat

Leadership Team

Chris Heaton

Chief Operating Officer 

Chris joined us in 2018, bringing extensive Caterpillar dealership experience gained over the last 20 years in various parts of the world. He lives in Mapua of a weekend and commutes to Christchurch Monday to Friday. For someone that started on the tools, Chris says it is fantastic he can now work with the Terra team and customers, utilising the skills he has learnt over the years.  

After starting his career at our Nelson branch as an apprentice technician, Chris has worked his way up to significant executive positions with Caterpillar dealerships including 16 years with Trakindo (Indonesian Cat dealer) where he rose to become General Manager Mining – Marketing.

Although most of Chris’s career has been with Caterpillar dealerships and mining customers, Chris has owned his own luxury boat building business in New Zealand and Australia. This taught him a lot about customer experience.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys time on his motorbike, playing squash and working on his lifestyle block, not leaving much time before he gets back on the plane to Christchurch.