Top-level reshuffle for Air NZ


Air New Zealand’s senior management will have a very different look next year, with the departure of at least a couple of high-level executives coinciding with a new CEO taking the reins.

A changing of the guard in the senior ranks is fairly common in large corporations during a CEO transition. Filling some key positions will be a high priority for CEO-designate Christopher Luxon when he assumes control of Air New Zealand at the beginning of 2013. Luxon was selected by the airline’s board in June to replace current CEO Rob Fyfe, who had previously announced he is stepping down.

Vanessa Stoddart, the current group general manager-people and technical operations, is resigning from the airline at the end of the year. She has not yet announced a new job. Stoddart was considered one of the three leading candidates to replace Fyfe. The third was short-haul operations head Bruce Parton, although there has been no indication from the airline that he will be departing.

Meanwhile, Glen Sowry, general manager-operations, has also opted to leave Air New Zealand. Housing New Zealand Corp. revealed on Sept. 27 that Sowry will be its new CEO, beginning in mid January.

There may be more departures if Luxon decides he wants additional new faces in his senior team.

Air New Zealand is holding its annual shareholders meeting in Christchurch on Sept. 28, so there could be more discussion of management changes then.

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