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Helloworld announces new EGM of Stella group ahead of 2016 Helloworld launch

November 27, 2015 Appointments No Comments Print Print Email Email

With the upcoming launch and rollout of the helloworld brand in the new year, Helloworld (ASX:HLO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Mckearney as Executive General Manager of Stella NZ effective immediately.

Simon McKearney

Simon will replace Greig Leighton and we thank Greig for his contribution and commitment to the business over the last eight years.

An outstanding leader, Simon has more than 15 years in executive management roles, most recently as Managing Director Flight Centre Corporate. Simon’s track-record as Flight Centre NZ’s General Manager of Product, General Manager of Corporate and CFO, and as Adidas NZ’s COO and CFO means he has the experience, expertise and relationships necessary to lead Helloworld’s New Zealand business/

Interim CEO Jenny Macdonald said, “The launch of helloworld in New Zealand in 2016 is a key milestone in the ongoing evolution of the business. In Simon, we have an executive with the leadership talent and the diversity of business experience to deliver value to our agents, suppliers and our shareholders while executing our transformational strategy.  I look forward to working with him in what is an important and exciting period for our Company.”

Incoming Executive General Manager Simon Mckearney said, “It is an honour to be chosen to lead The Stella Group, one of New Zealand’s most important travel companies.  I look forward to leading the Stella team and working closely with the Board, the senior management team and all of our agents and suppliers to execute our transformation process.  I am confident that these efforts will deliver immediate benefits and enhanced relationships for our agents, suppliers and consumers, and better position The Stella Group for more profitable growth.”

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