Polar job a dream come true
The new chief executive of Antarctica New Zealand says it was his childhood dream to work on the ice.
Peter Beggs will replace Lou Sanson, who left earlier this year to become the director general of the Department of Conservation.
The former Cantabrian has held senior executive roles world- wide, most recently as Thales New Zealand's country director.
He will relocate from Wellington for the role after more than 20 years away.
"As a child I remember watching the US Starlifters at Christchurch International Airport, thinking how huge they were and how amazing it would be to be on board and travelling to Antarctica.
"It's a privilege for anyone to go down to Antarctica but to lead the organisation that enables us to learn from that environment and keep it pristine is a real honour."
Beggs is planning his first trip to the ice in January with the Antarctica New Zealand board.
"My excitement meter needle is going full throttle," he said.
He said there was so much to be learnt from Antarctica that would make a real difference to New Zealanders, and the world.
Antarctica New Zealand chairman Rob Fenwick said he believed Beggs' international private-sector experience would add value to the organisation's performance.
"He has a strong record in team leadership and brings a wealth of international experience, passion and enthusiasm which is invaluable in the rapidly changing world in which we operate."
Beggs will start at Antarctica New Zealand in the new year.