Brain drain: Loss of leadership experience at Air NZ raises culture concerns for union

Stuff When Greg Foran started at Air New Zealand as chief executive, Covid-19 was quickly becoming the most significant crisis the aviation industry has ever faced. An exodus of leaders at Air New Zealand has resulted in an executive team with limited experience in running an airline and dealing with a unionised workforce, E tū union says. However, Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran said, with almost 500 years of experience, the airline’s wider leadership team was one of the best in aviation. Like the Government, Air New Zealand went hard and early in its response to Covid-19. Just days into New Zealand’s alert level 4 lockdown in March the airline said it would be downsizing to a third of what it was pre-pandemic. That resulted in about 4300 of Air New Zealand’s 12,500-strong workforce leaving the company in the past five months. READ MORE:Air New Zealand welcomes back Kia Ora magazine following Covid-19 hiatusWhat is it like to fly in New Zealand right now? With the average Air New Zealand worker having a tenure of 18 years, that equates to about 77,000 years of lost experience due to the pandemic. Job cuts have been felt right across the… Read full this story

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