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Air New Zealand Guts Exec Team and Plots Additional Cuts

By George Paul
Air New Zealand
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Air New Zealand, the flag carrier airline of New Zealand, announced that its executive team will be downsized from nine positions to six. The departing executives are Chief Strategy, Networks, and Alliances Officer Nick Judd, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod, and Chief Flight Operations and People Safety Officer John Whittaker.

The airline’s CEO, Greg Foran, will also start a review of the airline's senior leadership team.

Judd and Tod will depart the company on May 31, while Whittaker will leave on July 31. The three departing executives’ wide array of responsibilities will be absorbed by the remaining executive team members.

According to NewsHub, Foran said, “Nick, John and Mike have made an outstanding contribution to the airline with a combined 68 years of service at Air New Zealand.” Additionally, he stated, “In my short time at Air NZ, they have been incredibly helpful to me as I have settled into the role and their deep experience has been vital as we've navigated through a most tumultuous past 100 days.”

Air New Zealand’s cuts are part of a larger restructuring as the company looks to bounce back from the coronavirus which has kept would-be travelers at home. The drop in travelers and New Zealand’s border closure led Air New Zealand to cut 85% of its international routes and announce that it would lay off up to 3,500 employees. The airline estimates it will take two years to get back to 70% of its former size.

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