Find out more about our executive management team. Scroll down the page to view each profile.
Mr Christopher Luxon
Chief Executive Officer
Christopher was appointed Group General Manager International Airline from May 2011 and took over the role of Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2013. Before joining Air New Zealand, he was President and CEO of Unilever Canada, based in Toronto, where he was responsible for leading Unilever's $1.4 billion Canadian business and 1,500 employees. Christopher was also a key member of Unilever's North American Leadership Team. A New Zealander, who graduated with a Master of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury, Christopher began his Unilever career as a management trainee in 1993.
Mr Norm Thompson
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Acting Chief Sales Officer
Norm is Deputy Chief Executive Officer and is also Acting Chief Sales Officer while a global search is undertaken to fill this position on the Executive leadership team. Aside from his Executive responsibilities at Air New Zealand, Norm is also Chairman of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand and Chairman of the Air New Zealand Environment Trust. Some of the key roles Norm has held at Air New Zealand prior to be being appointed to his current role include Group General Manager Short Haul Airlines (accountability for Domestic, Tasman and Pacific operations), Group General Manager Marketing, Network and Sales, Regional General Manager The Americas and Regional General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands. Norm's recent executive education includes a business management programme at Stanford University in the United States and accreditation with the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Mr Rob McDonald
Chief Financial Officer
Rob started his finance career as a commerce graduate with a large building products company in 1980. He worked abroad before joining Coopers and Lybrand in the corporate advisory and valuation practice in 1985. Rob took up the position of Group Financial Planning Manager at Air New Zealand in 1993 and was appointed Group Treasurer in 1995. Upon the merger of Ansett and Air New Zealand Rob was appointed Vice President and Group Treasurer and in October 2004 was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Air New Zealand. Rob graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the Accounting Institute of New Zealand and the Society of Corporate Treasurers. In 1999, Rob completed the Program of Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Mr Bruce Parton
Chief Operations Officer
Bruce has a Bachelor of Business degree from Massey University. He has worked in a variety of businesses, including five years for Coca-Cola in London in the logistics and supplier management field, and three years with Tegel Foods in New Zealand in logistics. He joined Air New Zealand in 1996. His roles have included Group General Manager Australasia, Logistics and Components management at ANZES, General Manager of Operations for the Airline, General Manager of the Pacific Airline (Australia, Pacific Islands and Domestic Jets), and General Manager Domestic Jet (737 Fleet and New Zealand Airports).
Ms Lorraine Murphy
Chief People Officer
Lorraine joined Air New Zealand as Chief People Officer in 2013. Most recently she was Vice President of Human Resources – International for Campbell Soup Company, providing leadership across key geographic regions such as Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Her extensive international career in human resource leadership also includes senior human resources roles with Lion Nathan Australia, the Australian Gas Light Company, and global chemical company ICI. Lorraine has a Bachelor of Education degree from La Trobe University in Melbourne and an MBA from Monash University in Melbourne.
Captain David Morgan
Chief Flight Operations & Safety Officer
David joined Air New Zealand in 1985 after a career in general aviation. After flying various aircraft types on both line and training operations David joined the Flight Operations management team in March 1996. David has held various senior operational management positions and in March 2008, was appointed GM Airline Operations and Safety. David is responsible for determining the policy, procedures and standards by which our aircraft are operated, he is accountable for the delivery of airline logistical support and for defining, implementing and reporting on operational safety. He also has Group emergency management and security responsibilities.
Mr Mike Tod
Chief Marketing & Customer Officer
Mike joined Air New Zealand in 2003 and has responsibility for the airline’s marketing, corporate affairs and customer experience functions. He also has accountability for Government Affairs and Industry Relations. Mike was previously General Manager of Public Affairs. He joined Air New Zealand from Fonterra where he had held the roles of Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder Communications Manager. Prior to these roles he held senior positions with Television New Zealand and in the print industry. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Mr Stephen Jones
Chief Strategy, Networks & Alliances Officer
Stephen Jones joined Air New Zealand in May 2001. Initially joining as VP, Investor Relations, Stephen has since held the roles of VP, Financial Planning, General Manager Business Performance, General Manager - Freedom Air, General Manager - Tasman Pacific Airline and General Manager of Air New Zealand's Domestic Airline. Stephen was appointed General Manager, Strategy for the Air New Zealand Group in January 2009. Stephen has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland and prior to joining Air New Zealand spent 17 years in the oil and gas exploration and production industry in New Zealand, United States, Canada, Chile, Peru and Australia.