Air New Zealand appoints new chief people officer

Air New Zealand Limited has appointed Lorraine Murphy as the new chief people officer of the company, effective March 4, 2013.

Ms Murphy is currently based in the US where she was most recently vice president human resources - International for Campbell Soup Company. Her role provided leadership across key geographic regions, such as Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Ms Murphy had previously held senior human resource leadership roles with Lion Nathan Australia, the Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) and global chemical company ICI.

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon said Ms Murphy was appointed after an extensive global search to find a chief people officer who could work with his senior leadership team to enhance the world class capabilities and culture within the award-winning airline.

"People are Air New Zealand's greatest asset and Lorraine has proven through her extensive international career the ability to work with senior managers to deliver world class performance cultures and build winning teams. Her exposure to operating in markets of critical importance to Air New Zealand's future, especially in Asia and the Pacific, will add significant strength to our airline in this next exciting phase," Mr Luxon said.

"Air New Zealand is a remarkable company that has earned a world-class reputation based off the unique spirit and attitude of its people. Its transformation over the past decade is one of the great business stories and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with Christopher and his senior leadership team to further enhance the performance culture and brand of this iconic company," Ms Murphy said.