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Air New Zealand Board of Directors appointment

Air New Zealand has appointed Laurissa Cooney to its Board of Directors.

Laurissa Cooney is of Te Āti Hau Nui a Pāpā Rangi (Whanganui) descent and is a professional independent Director with several iwi affiliated entities as well as chief financial officer for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

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.


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