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Cathay Pacific promotes Kiwi to country manager post

Mark Pirihi will take up his new post next month.

Wed, 17 Jun 2015

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways has reverted to having a local run its New Zealand and Pacific Islands operation.

Sales and marketing manager Mark Pirihi will succeed Honolulu-born and Kong Kong-educated Brian Tsoi, who has been appointed country manager for Switzerland.

In July, Mr Pirihi will have worked 25 years working in Cathay Pacific’s Auckland office, which until 2011 was run by David Figgins, a 37-year veteran at Cathay.

Mr Pirihi was educated at Kelston Boys High School in West Auckland and joined the travel industry as a cadet with Atlantic and Pacific Travel.

He will take up his new role on July 20.

Cathay Pacific first started operating services to New Zealand in 1983 in a tripartite venture with Air Niugini and Air New Zealand.

It now operates two to three daily flights between Auckland and Hong Kong, depending on the season, in a codeshare with Air New Zealand.

Mr Tsoi’s move to Switzerland follows the introduction of daily flights from Hong Kong to Zurich at the end of March this year.

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Cathay Pacific promotes Kiwi to country manager post