Air NZ lands top exec’

carrie-hurihanganui-air-nz1Air New Zealand is banking on one of its former flight attendants to help steer the company.

Carrie Hurihanganui rose through the ranks to the position of GM regional airlines and airline operations before taking up a role at National Australia Bank last year. She will return to the airline in July as chief ground operations officer.

“Carrie is well known for her positive energy, outstanding leadership, collaborative style, deep operational knowledge and customer orientation,” Air New Zealand chief executive, Christopher Luxon, says.

“I’m confident she will strike a good balance between what needs to be preserved and enhanced in ground operations with the courage to drive the change needed to keep us relevant and competitive.”