Managing an outstanding company
Auckland Airport’s board of directors and executive team focus on ensuring the company is managed at the highest strategic level. They work to realise the company’s long-term corporate objectives, as it continuously strives to become the world’s most outstanding and welcoming Airport. As New Zealand’s busiest airport, it is one of our country’s largest infrastructure assets and is one of the biggest employers in the Greater Auckland region.
Meet our leadership team
Chief Executive, Auckland Airport
Adrian Littlewood has been the Chief Executive since 2012 and recently announced he will step down from the role later in 2021. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, Adrian was the company’s General Manager of Retail and Commercial. Earlier in his professional career, Adrian worked in strategy, product and marketing management roles at Telecom New Zealand, was a management consultant in the United Kingdom and worked as a corporate lawyer for Bell Gully in New Zealand and Baker & McKenzie in the United Kingdom.
Adrian is currently the Chair of the NZ Airports Association and is a former Director of North Queensland Airports Limited in Australia.
Adrian holds a BA/LLB from University of Auckland and he attended the 2012 Stanford Executive Programme at Stanford University.
Chief Financial Officer, BSC (Hons), MBA (Distn), CPA
Phil is responsible for managing our corporate strategy, financial affairs, procurement, legal, aeronautical pricing, risk management and insurance matters. He joined us in 2010 as our business intelligence manager and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in December 2015. Phil has a background in science, investment banking, corporate finance and treasury. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant.
General Manager Operations, BA, MInstD
Anna has leadership responsibility for the operation of New Zealand’s busiest airport. The operations division manages the safety, integrity and utilisation of our key airport assets including the runway, aircraft stands, and the terminal buildings. As General Manager Anna is specifically responsible for customer service, airfield and terminal operations, facilities and capacity management, maintenance engineering, commercial leasing, emergency services, security, and airport-related policy and compliance. The operations division’s long term aspiration is to be a world class airport, and our customers’ favourite.
Prior to her appointment as General Manager Operations on 1 May 2018 Anna was Auckland Airport's General Manager People and Safety. Before joining Auckland Airport in July 2015, Anna held leadership portfolios covering health and safety, HR, environment, CSR and communications in some of New Zealand's leading organisations, including Air New Zealand, Fonterra, Refining NZ and Pamu (Landcorp Farming Ltd).
General Manager Infrastructure, MEng, MBA
André leads Auckland Airport’s infrastructure development and delivery team, focusing on the implementation of our 30-year vision to build a world-class airport. André brings 19 years’ experience of delivering major infrastructure projects across Asia Pacific.
Before joining us in March 2018, André was chair of Regenerate Christchurch, the organisation tasked with the redevelopment of the ‘red zone’, and chief executive of the Arts Centre of Christchurch. André also has experience including four years as a director of Christchurch Airport, and the delivery of numerous significant infrastructure projects in Singapore, including the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort and the Singapore Sports Hub.
General Manager Aeronautical Commercial, BSc (Technology)
Scott leads Auckland Airport’s aeronautical commercial team, focusing on sustainably growing our airline capacity, improving route connectivity and increasing passenger volumes. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and has held a number of roles in airline sales, marketing and management with Emirates and Lufthansa.
Prior to joining Auckland Airport in February 2015 as a business development manager, Scott held leadership positions in the travel insurance industry with Cover-More Travel Insurance and the Healix Assistance Group. He was appointed our general manager aeronautical commercial in July 2017.
General Manager Property & Commercial, BCom
Mark Thomson is responsible for Auckland Airport’s investment property, hotels, and retailing businesses including duty free, specialty retail, valet and car parking. He is also responsible for Auckland Airport’s hotel joint venture with Tainui Group Holdings and he is a Director of Queenstown Airport Corporation. Mark is currently a member of Property Council New Zealand’s National Board.
Mark has more than 25 years’ experience in real estate management and development, and he brings a wealth of experience in the transport and logistics sectors. Before joining Auckland Airport in April 2014, he was Director, Strategy Execution and Property (Asia) for Toll Global Logistics, responsible for a real estate portfolio spread across 12 countries including China, Singapore and India. Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University and he has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
General Manager Corporate Services, LLB (Hons), BCom
Mary-Liz has leadership responsibility for the key corporate functions of Auckland Airport including legal, people & capability, safety and public affairs. Mary-Liz also holds the role of General Counsel, is a trustee for the airport marae Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa, and on the advisory board for Ara, the job and skills hub for the Auckland Airport precinct, connecting South Auckland communities with jobs at and around Auckland Airport.
Mary-Liz joined Auckland Airport in February 2019 from Fisher and Paykel Appliances, where she held numerous leadership roles across business excellence, product quality, customer experience, operations and legal.
Prior to this Mary-Liz was a practicing commercial lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, holding various senior roles in New Zealand law firms and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the United Kingdom.
Mary-Liz holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland.
General Manager Technology and Marketing, BSc, BA (Hons), MPhil (Distinction)
Jonathan is responsible for the strategy and execution of world class technology and marketing programmes at Auckland Airport.
He joined Auckland Airport in May 2019 from T&G Global, where he held the role of Chief Technology and Operating Officer. Before this he was General Manager Business and Retail Development at Fonterra where he led the transformation of RD1 into Fonterra Farm Source.
Jonathan was previously co-founder and CEO of a technology start-up in the United States that was acquired by Ancestry.com, having started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he specialised in sales and marketing.
Jonathan holds a BSc and BA (Honours) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Philosophy in Economics (Distinction) from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.