Air New Zealand' next chief executive will be Christopher Luxon, the airline's current group general manager international airline.
Chairman John Palmer said today that Luxon will take over from current boss Rob Fyfe at the end of December.
Luxon joined Air NZ in May 2011 following a career at Unilever in North America, Asia and Australia. His most recent role there was president and CEO of Unilever’s Canadian business.
Luxon was born in Christchurch and attended Canterbury University, where
he was recruited into the Unilever management trainee programme.
Palmer said Luxon brings a wealth of international business experience and an exceptionally strong commercial and customer focus.
“Christopher has world class strategic, commercial, leadership and stakeholder management capabilities proven across multiple markets. 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,” Palmer said.
Luxon said Fyfe had done an "incredible" job at the helm of Air NZ.
"I will take over an airline that has significant financial strength, some incredibly exciting commercial opportunities and 11,000 Air New Zealanders who are committed to being world class in everything they do," he said.
Air NZ searched worldwide in the hunt for its new CEO and Palmer said it was delighted to have appointed an internal candidate.