Fyfe joins Icebreaker board

First new step from Rob Fyfe after announcing plans to leave Air New Zealand.

Rob Fyfe is taking a seat on the board of outdoor clothing maker Icebreaker next month.

It is the first new step the outgoing chief executive of Air New Zealand has revealed since announcing plans to leave the airline at the end of the year.

Last week his successor was chosen to be Chris Luxon – currently Air New Zealand’s group general manager international airline.

Mr Fyfe said he would be busy handing over the reins to Mr Luxon until his last day at the airline in December.

Beyond that he has no firm plans, but he said he hoped to remain in New Zealand.

Mr Fyfe joins Icebreaker’s board in July. He will be the fourth director, alongside chief executive and founder Jeremy Moon and the company's original investors Peter Travers and Noel Todd.

Mr Moon said Mr Fyfe’s experience will strengthen his company’s goals to be an international premium brand.

“To have attracted Rob to the Icebreaker board will greatly strengthen the path we are on, and on a personal note I feel really lucky to have such a strong mentor.”

Icebreaker was started 17 years ago, sourcing its merino directly from growers.

The Wellington-based company now sells its products in more than 3000 stores in 43 countries.

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