Air New Zealand has appointed current group general manager Christopher Luxon to lead the airline next year and replace outgoing chief executive Rob Fyfe.
Announced this morning, Mr Luxon will work with the Board and Mr Fyfe over the next six month before officially stepping into the head honcho role towards the end of December this year.
The carriers chairman John Palmer explained Mr Luxon was selected after an exhaustive international search for a new leader due to his wealth of international business experience and strong commercial and customer focus.
Christopher has world class strategic, commercial, leadership and stakeholder management capabilities proven across multiple markets, Mr Palmer said.
These have been highly evident to the Air New Zealand Board in the year that he has been with the company and we have seen him affect positive commercial outcomes in our toughest operating division.
Mr Luxon moved to Air New Zealand in May 2011 after holding a the president post at Unilever in Canada.
This week Air Asia Berhad also appointed Aireen Omar as the carriers chief executive to report directly to Group head Tony Fernandes from 1 July this year.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J