Air New Zealand has appointed Joe McCollum as its new chief people officer.
McCollum has been in charge of human resources at Spark, EMI Music, and global chemicals giant ICI at London. He takes over from Jodie King, who is leaving the airline to become chief people officer at Vodafone New Zealand.
Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran said McCollum brought with him “extensive depth of global change management and executive leadership experience forged in challenging environments”.
“Joe is no stranger to the type of large scale, rapid workplace change that Air New Zealand has ahead in the wake of Covid-19. He will be a key member of the team to rebuild our airline,” said Foran.
McCollum starts at the airline on 14 April 2020.
Air New Zealand said it had also contracted “one of New Zealand’s most experienced employment relations practitioners, Paul Diver, to support Mr McCollum with the workforce change management process currently underway”.
The airline is planning to make around 3500 of its 12,500 staff redundant over the next year.
Air New Zealand had also appointed to its board former global chief executive of Avis Budget Group Larry De Shon and former Freightways managing director Dean Bracewell.
The appointments fill the vacancy left by Sir John Key, who retired as a director last month, and as part of succession planning for when deputy chair Jan Dawson steps down at the annual shareholders’ meeting in September.
The pair will join the board on 20 April and will be up for election at the annual shareholders’ meeting.
Air New Zealand said it had appointed former New Zealand Council of Trade Unions President Ross Wilson as an independent advisor to the board to provide advice from a unionised worker perspective as the company reshaped its workforce.
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