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Auckland Airport names Adrian Littlewood as new CEO

Auckland International Airport, the country's main international gateway, has promoted its general manager retail and commercial Adrian Littlewood as its new boss.

Mr Littlewood will take over as chief executive on November 12, beating a "significant number of high-calibre applicants", the company says in a statement.

He joined the airport in 2009 and has grown the company's non-flight annual revenue to some $166 million, or 40% of total sales.

"I'm looking forward to leading the team to build on the recent growth delivered by the airport and meet the increased market expectations we face," Mr Littlewood says.

"We will continue to work closely with our partners in the tourism and trade sectors to make the most of the opportunities that exist as we move ahead to finalise our master plan of airfield, terminal and land development to meet New Zealand's needs."

Mr Littlewood succeeds Simon Moutter, who left to take the top job at Telecom, the country's second-biggest listed company.

Mr Littlewood previously worked at Telecom, where he was responsible for design, pricing and launch of consumer offers across mobile, broadband and landline portfolios.

The new chief executive will be paid a base salary of $725,000 with annual reviews, a short-term incentive of up to $435,000 per annum and an annual long-term incentive grant of 50% of salary if he meets certain targets.

Acting chief executive Simon Robertson will resume his role as chief financial officer after leading Auckland Airport during the interim period. He did not put his name forward for the top job.

The shares (NZX: AIA) fell 1.5% to $2.64 on Friday and have gained 4.8% this year.


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Good stuff, Adrian. Well deserved.

Great choice and a good man.

Shareholders preference for retail over aeronautical prevails. Will be challenging but a good move. Young blood, new strategy, new team. License to kill.

Very sharp guy. Smart move on the Board's part.

Congratulations Adrian well done

Excellent move by the board. He gets the key drivers that will deliver ongoing growth, but will need to overcome the challenge of solving the air NZ relationship.