04 July 2012
Joan Withers, the Chair of Auckland International Airport Limited (Auckland Airport), announced today that the board has appointed Justine Smyth as a new director.
Ms Smyth is currently a director of Telecom, a board member of the Financial Markets Authority and chair of The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms Smyth was until recently deputy chair of New Zealand Post Ltd and chair of their finance, audit, investment and risk committee.
Ms Smyth’s background also includes having been Group Finance Director of Lion Nathan Limited and a partner of Deloitte. Ms Smyth currently is also an owner and executive director in a clothing manufacture and wholesale business. Through her roles, Ms Smyth has strong experience in retail, governance, mergers & acquisitions, taxation and financial performance of large corporate enterprises and the acquisition, ownership, management and sale of small and medium enterprises.
Mrs Withers said that she was delighted to be able to announce Ms Smyth’s appointment, noting that her experience would positively complement the mix of skills and experience of existing board members.
Mrs Withers said that that the board unanimously supported the appointment of Ms Smyth and considered she would make a valuable contribution to the Auckland Airport board. In accordance with the company’s constitution, Ms Smyth will retire and offer herself for election at the annual meeting to be held on 24 October 2012.
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