Coddington quits chief executive role

BROOKE GARDINER
Last updated 09:53 27/02/2013
James Coddington
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James Coddington has resigned from NZSki after six years as chief executive.

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NZSki boss James Coddington has resigned after almost six years in the role.

Mr Coddington's resignation comes just three months after that of long- term Coronet Peak ski area manager Hamish McCrostie, who resigned in November after holding several roles at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas since 1980.

NZSki director John Davies declined to comment on the latest resignation and said it was Mr Coddington's news to release. Mr Coddington has not returned calls to the Times.

Mr Coddington was hired in May 2007 as chief executive of NZSki Ltd, then known as Southern Alpine Recreation Ltd, which runs Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski areas.

During his tenure, he oversaw a $20 million upgrade of Coronet Peak which included a new base building and doubled snowmaking capabilities on the mountain, the introduction of new pass technology which enabled staff to catch fraudsters out, and the introduction of drug and alcohol testing of staff following all workplace accidents.

There were also unhappy times with three deaths at Mt Hutt in 2010 and a storm which saw more than 1000 people stranded in gale force winds at the ski area overnight.

Last month, Mr Coddington told the Mirror the highlight of 2012 had been the end of the ski season: "It was my most challenging season to date." Asked about his plans for 2013 he said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

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