A lawyer by profession, Ms Stoddart is a New Zealander currently based in Melbourne as the Chief Executive of Carter Holt Harvey Packaging Australia. Prior to heading CHH's packaging business, Ms Stoddart was the company's General Manager Performance Management with responsibilities for human resources.

Mr Norris said he is delighted to welcome an executive of Vanessa's ability to
Air New Zealand's senior management team.

"Like any airline, Air New Zealand is a people-intensive organisation. With customer service an absolute priority, it is the quality and commitment of our people that makes the difference.

"I'm confident that Vanessa's experience in human resources and broader management will ensure that Air New Zealand's ongoing focus and commitment to improving its relationships with its employees will assist us to continue growing and improving our business," said Mr Norris.

Ms Stoddart replaces Carolyn Tremain who after 13 years with Air New Zealand has decided to move on to new challenges.

"Carolyn has provided Air New Zealand with outstanding service and I am very grateful for her assistance in ensuring a smooth transition occurs," said Mr Norris.

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Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Aegean Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 19,500 daily flights to 1,071 airports in 171 countries.

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