New airport boss is former Massey man

Last updated 09:00 29/03/2014

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Palmerston North Airport's new chief executive will be city-educated Massey University graduate David Lanham.

Airport company chairman Derek Walker said he was pleased someone had been appointed who had a strong background in commerce and aviation, as well as a close affinity with the region.

Mr Lanham had already played a role assisting the airport in the last two years with its route development strategy, so had built strong relationships that would continue to be important. He is presently a principal of Eagle Aviation Consulting Ltd, which provides high level commercial advisory services to the aviation sector.

He has previously worked in commercial management positions with Air New Zealand, The Warehouse, Metlifecare and Gulf Air in Bahrain, clocking up more than 20 years' commercial experience in aviation, logistics, retail and property development.

Mr Lanham begins work on April 24, spending a week with departing chief executive Darin Cusack before he leaves.

Mr Cusack will move to a Christchurch-based role leading a project for the World Bank to improve aviation capability in the Pacific.

Mr Walker said Mr Cusack had shown excellent leadership not only in development of airport infrastructure and services, but also in championing the need to promote the wider Manawatu-Wanganui area as a visitor destination.

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- Manawatu Standard

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