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RAL appoints two key staff

11 May 2018  By Contributor

PRESS RELEASE: Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

Mt Ruapehu has appointed two staff into key roles in time for the upcoming ski season.

Jonathan Dean has been appointed General Manager Whakapapa and Lyndsey Jackman Operations Manager Turoa.

Jonathan Dean

Jonathan brings a strong management background to the role at Whakapapa from his previous positions in the hotel industry, combined with a passion for the outdoors and mountain activities, and is excited to work with the team. He says his new job is perfect in his eyes where his business expertise will come to the fore coupled with his passion for the snow sports industry.

“I’ve been captivated by Ruapehu for decades. From my earliest memories visiting family in Ohakune and setting foot for the first time on snow at the tender age of five, to my first ski lessons in Happy Valley through to joining the VIC Ski and Board club during my Uni days and my short-lived ski racing career!” he says.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) CEO Ross Copland adds, “Jonathan’s appointment follows a comprehensive international search for a candidate who can help take Whakapapa into the future with our planned gondola development and expansion into a 12-month tourism operation.

“His experience in leading large teams and managing leading hotels, is well suited to drive Whakapapa forward and to expand the service delivery and offer to skiers and travellers year round.”

Lyndsey Jackman

Fellow new colleague Lyndsey, who will be based on the other side of the mountain at Turoa, has a background in ski resorts and operations with a key focus on delivering an outstanding experience to mountain visitors.

Lyndsey has most recently been working at Mt Buller & Mt Stirling in Australia and is no stranger to the winter dynamics of ski field fun. He is moving with his family from Mansfield, Victoria, which is very similar to the local Ohakune-Raetihi townships.

Jonathan and Lyndsey begin their new jobs later this month.

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