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Queenstown Airport announces key management roles

November 21, 2013 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) Chief Executive Scott Paterson today announced two new appointments as part of a change to the company’s executive leadership structure.

Mark Harrington

Mark Harrington

Mark Harrington has been internally promoted to General Manager of Operations and Sean Thompson, currently with Auckland Airport, will join the team as General Manager of Property in January 2014.

Both roles will focus on the strategic direction of the airport and its development.  Mark will take on overall responsibility for airside and terminal operations with an emphasis on aeronautical relationships and enhancing the consumer experience. Sean will manage commercial property – a key revenue driver for the airport.

Trained in architecture and as a pilot, Mark has been QAC’s Airside Operations Manager for the past two years.  He previously worked in private practice conducting sustainable building research before moving into aviation via research projects focusing on terminal design and passenger experience. He has also served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as an officer in its Property and Infrastructure Group.

Sean Thompson

Sean Thompson

Sean brings a wealth of strategic business and property knowledge to his new role with more than six years at Auckland Airport in Business Development and Asset Management positions.  Prior to that he worked in commercial leasing for Westfield New Zealand and as a commercial property manager.

Mr Paterson is delighted with the appointments and believes the new roles will help position the airport for future growth.

“Queenstown Airport is on a strong trajectory in terms of demand so we’ve put these new positions in place to strengthen and future-proof key aspects of the airport’s operations.

“With the skill sets and experience Mark and Sean have in their respective areas, I’m confident they will help us become a stronger and more successful company.”

Mark will transition into his new role on 1 December 2013 and Sean will move to Queenstown and commence mid-January 2014.

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