Air New Zealand has appointed Laurissa Cooney to its Board of Directors.
Laurissa Cooney is of Te ƒÄti Hau Nui a PƒÅpƒÅ Rangi (Whanganui) descent and is a professional independent Director with several iwi affiliated entities as well as chief financial officer for Te Whare WƒÅnanga o AwanuiƒÅrangi.
She has previously held senior auditing and consulting roles with Deloitte in New Zealand and Deloitte Touche in London.
Air New Zealand Chairman Dame Therese Walsh says Laurissa will bring a strong regional tourism and iwi perspective to the Board.
"Laurissa is a director of tourism Bay of Plenty and several iwi affiliated entities around New Zealand.
"She will strengthen the Board with a new depth of perspective to some of the key stakeholder groups and communities that are highly important to the airline's future success.
"Alongside this she brings strong commercial skills and a passion for leadership, which is reflected in her current doctoral studies on the topic."
Laurissa will be up for election by shareholders at the Annual Shareholders' Meeting next year.