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Former PM John Key tapped to join Air NZ board

The appointment in September coincides with the departure of Paul Bingham, the airline's longest-serving director.

Jonathan Underhill
Mon, 01 May 2017

Former Prime Minister John Key has been tapped to join the board of Air New Zealand, his first public appointment since stepping down on December 5.

The state-owned national carrier's chairman, Tony Carter, said it had been searching for a director with "strong international business experience and a deep knowledge of tourism for around a year" and when the former tourism minister announced he was quitting politics "it became a priority for the board to try and secure his services as a director."

"John will bring extensive international commercial experience, outstanding leadership skills, global perspective and a keen understanding of the tourism sector gained during the years he was tourism minister as well as prime minister," Mr Carter said in a statement.

The appointment in September coincides with the departure of Paul Bingham, the airline's longest-serving director, it said. Mr Key called Air New Zealand "an incredible company that has significant opportunities ahead of it", according to the statement.

Air New Zealand shares rose about 2% to $2.595 and have gained 16% this year.

(BusinessDesk)

Jonathan Underhill
Mon, 01 May 2017
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