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MR ROB FYFE Chief
joined Air New Zealand at the start of 2003 as Chief Information
Officer and led the Business Transformation team. Rob then
held the position of Group General Manager Airlines from October
2003 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in October
2005. Prior to joining Air New Zealand, Rob held a range of
Senior Management positions both within New Zealand and overseas,
including roles with the National Australia Bank, Bank of
New Zealand, Telecom NZ and ITV Group in the UK.
MR NORMAN (NORM) THOMPSON Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Norm Thompson joined Air New Zealand
in 1968. He currently holds the role of Deputy Chief Executive
Officer of Air New Zealand and is the Chairman of the Tourism
Industry Association of New Zealand, the Air New Zealand Environment
Trust, Altitude, the New Zealand Tourism Exchange and TAE.
He is also a board member of UNICEF New Zealand. Some of the
key roles Norm has held at Air New Zealand prior to be being
appointed to his current role include Group General Manager
Short Haul Airlines (accountability for Domestic, Tasman and
Pacific operations), Group General Manager Marketing, Network
and Sales, Regional General Manager The Americas and Regional
General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands. Norm's recent
executive education includes a business management programme
at Stamford University in the United States and accreditation
with the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
MR ROB MCDONALD Chief
Financial Officer & Group General Manager Corporate
Rob started his finance career as
a commerce graduate with a large Building Products company
in 1980. He worked abroad before joining Coopers and Lybrand
in the corporate advisory and valuation practice in 1985.
Rob took up the position of Group Financial Planning Manager
at Air New Zealand in 1993 and was appointed Group Treasurer
in 1995. Upon the merger of Ansett and Air New Zealand Rob
was appointed Vice President and Group Treasurer and in October
2004 was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Air New Zealand.
Robert graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor
of Commerce and is a member of the Accounting Institute of
New Zealand and the Society of Corporate Treasurers. In 1999,
Robert completed the Program of Management Development at
Harvard Business School.
MR CHRISTOPHER LUXON
Group General Manager International Airline
Christopher joined Air New Zealand in May 2011 as Group General Manager International Airline following a successful career at Unilever in North America, Asia and Australia. His most recent role was President & CEO of Unilever Canada, based at the Toronto head office, where he was responsible for leading Unilever's $1.4 billion Canadian business and 1,500 employees. Christopher was also a key member of Unilever's North American Leadership Team. A New Zealander who graduated with a Master of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury, Christopher began his Unilever career here as a management trainee in 1993.
MR BRUCE PARTON Group
General Manager Shorthaul Airlines
has a Bachelor of Business degree from Massey University.
He has worked in a variety of businesses, including 5 years
for Coca-Cola in London in the logistics and supplier management
field, and 3 years with Tegel Foods in New Zealand in logistics.
He joined Air New Zealand in 1996. His roles include Logistics
and Components management at ANZES, General Manager of Operations
for the Airline, General Manager of the Pacific Airline (Australia,
Pacific Islands and Domestic Jets), and General Manager Domestic
Jet (737 Fleet and New Zealand Airports). His current role,
Group General Manager Shorthaul Airlines, encompasses responsibility
for all flights less than 5 hours in duration (Domestic Jet,
Tasman and Pacific, Mt Cook, Air Nelson and Eagle Air), together
with the sales region of Australia and New Zealand, online,
call centres and revenue management.
MS VANESSA STODDART Group
General Manager People
Stoddart, who is a lawyer by profession, joined Air New Zealand
in May 2003. She came from Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Australia,
where she was the Chief Executive. Prior to heading CHH's
packaging business, Ms Stoddart was the company's General
Manager Performance Management with responsibilities for human
resources and prior to that held change management and legal
positions. Vanessa graduated from Otago University with both
a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Law (Honours) and went
on to complete a PostGrad Diploma in Professional Ethics before
attending Insead Business School to undertake their Advance
Management Programme. She is also a member of the Australian
Institute of Directors.
CAPTAIN DAVID MORGAN General
Manager Operations, Standards and Safety/Chief Pilot
David joined Air New Zealand in 1985
after a career in General Aviation. After flying various aircraft
types on both line and training operations David joined the
Flight Operations management team in March 1996. David has
held various senior operational management positions and in
March 2008, was appointed GM Airline Operations and Safety.
In this role, David is responsible for determining the policy,
procedures and standards by which our aircraft are operated,
is accountable for the delivery of airline logistical support
and for defining, implementing and reporting on operational
safety. He also has Group emergency management and security
MR MIKE TOD General
Manager Public Affairs & Group Communications
Mike Tod joined Air New Zealand in
2003 and has responsibility for the group's external and internal
communications as well as its community relations activities.
Mike came to Air New Zealand from Fonterra where he had held
the roles of Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and
Shareholder Communications Manager. Prior to that he held
senior positions with Television New Zealand and worked in
the print media where he was the recipient of several national
MR STEPHEN JONES General
Manager - Strategy
Jones joined Air New Zealand in May 2001. Initially joining
as VP, Investor Relations Stephen has since held the roles
of VP, Financial Planning, General Manager Business Performance,
General Manager - Freedom Air, General Manager - Tasman Pacific
Airline and General Manager of Air New Zealand's Domestic
Airline. Stephen was appointed to his latest role as General
Manager, Strategy for the Air New Zealand Group in January
2009.Stephen has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University
of Auckland and prior to joining Air New Zealand spent 17
years in the oil and gas exploration and production industry
in New Zealand, United States, Canada, Chile, Peru and Australia.