Aviation

Air New Zealand recruits new digital chief

Following an extensive global search, Air New Zealand has appointed Nikhil Ravishankar as its new chief digital officer.

Ravishankar is currently chief digital officer at Vector New Zealand, having led the company’s digital and information technology function and its transformation program since 2017.

Prior to this, he was managing director at Accenture New Zealand and head of technology strategy at Telecom New Zealand (now known as Spark).

Ravishankar replaces Jennifer Sepull, who left New Zealand’s national carrier in March after two years in the digital chief role.

Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran said Ravishankar will bring a wealth of knowledge to the airline and will be an excellent addition to its executive team.

“Digital will play an important role in our recovery from COVID-19, and as a key pillar in our strategy, we’ve got big plans for what we want to achieve in the digital space,” Foran said.

“Nikhil’s industry expertise will ensure we deliver on what we set out to do.

“We look forward to welcoming Nikhil to the Air New Zealand team in September.”

Ravishankar’s appointment comes not long after the promotion of Kathryn Robertson to group general manager of sales for Air New Zealand, with Paul McLean returning to the airline to lead its Australian operations.

Paul McLean will be speaking at the travel industry’s most thought-provoking conference, Travel DAZE 2021, next month. To find out more or to register, click here.

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