August 9 2018  |  People

Air NZ's Tony Carter to retire in 2019

By Rachel Debling

Tony Carter, Air New Zealand's Board Chairman

Air New Zealand has announced that Board Chairman Tony Carter, who has held the position since 2013 and been a member of the airline's Board since 2010, will be retiring at the company's September 2019 Annual Shareholders' Meeting. Carter will be succeeded by current Director Dame Therese Walsh.

Last year, Carter had indicated to the Board that he would likely be stepping down in 2019, with the hope that it would provide the Directors enough time to determine who will step into his role.

"I am thrilled that Dame Therese Walsh, who has been on the Board for two years, will succeed me with the unanimous support of her fellow Directors," Carter said in a July 31 statement from the airline. "Dame Therese will be Air New Zealand's first female Chairman and is an outstanding leader with extremely strong corporate governance and commercial skills. Importantly, she is highly customer-centric and intimately understands the role of iconic brands to supercharge our nation's success."

"I have had the privilege of working with an outstanding Chairman, Board, Chief Executive Officer and Executive team at Air New Zealand for the past two years," said Dame Therese. "When I take up the position of Chairman at the Annual Shareholders' Meeting in September next year, I look forward to continuing the great work we are doing to supercharge New Zealand's success. The fortunes of our airline and our nation are inextricably linked."

Dame Therese Walsh

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