People

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Steven Sanderson

Chief Executive Officer

Steve joined Wellington Airport in February 2012. Prior to Wellington Airport, Steve was the CEO for Queenstown Airport. Steve has predominately a career background in infrastructure businesses including CEO for Dynamic Controls a US owned company, which is listed on the NY stock exchange, General Manager NZ/Australia at Powerco Limited, and General Manager at Lyttelton Port Company. He is currently a Director of Pioneer Generation and Port Nelson.

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Ayolt Wiertsema

General Manager Aeronautical Operations

Ayolt Wiertsema is responsible for airport operations and joined the Wellington Airport team in 2011. He has significant aviation experience with 12 years at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Ayolt also has a background in service management consultancy and marketing.

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Greg Thomas

General Manager Communications

Greg joined the Wellington Airport team in 2011. He has significant experience in Services Marketing, Communications, Public Relations and Sponsorship over the last 20 years. Greg has worked in worked in telecommunications, postal and personal development industries.

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Leanne Gibson

Chief Information Officer

Leanne is responsible for all the information and communications technology at the airport. She joined the Wellington Airport team in 2014 having previously held CIO roles at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

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Martin Harrington

Chief Financial Officer

Martin joined the Wellington Airport team in 2008, prior to this, he held a number of senior finance roles within various industry sectors, including transport, tourism and financial services. He is responsible for financial and management reporting, taxation, treasury, risk management, insurance and regulatory services for the business.

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Matt Clarke

Chief Commercial Officer

Matt Clarke joined the Wellington Airport team in 2010 and is responsible for WIAL’s aeronautical and commercial revenue. He has 12 years’ airport senior management experience spanning operational and commercial roles across six airports in New Zealand and abroad. Matt is a Director of Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency and Nelson Airport.

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John Howarth

General Manager Infrastructure and Planning

John has a long history with Wellington Airport, he was the Chief Operating Officer, (also acting as CEO) from 2002 till 2013 and returned in March 2017 as the GM Infrastructure. John trained as a civil engineer and has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years. With more than 20 years of his career involved in the planning, development and maintenance of airports John is unashamedly an aviation enthusiast.

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Jackie Holley

General Manager People and Culture

Jackie has over 15 years of HR experience, having worked in various HR roles for a diverse range of organisations, including PwC, AXA, Intergen and ACC. Jackie has a Masters in Psychology and her most recent role at ACC was as the Deputy Head of Assurance Services.