New Chief Executive - Nicole Brewer

Nicole Brewer appointed to Rotorua Airport’s helm

Ms Brewer brings with her more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation and tourism industries, including eight years’ experience with Air New Zealand and three years with Qualmark.

The 47-year-old was previously chief executive at Rotorua Airport between 2015 and 2016, stepping down to start a family while still keeping in touch as a trusted consultant.

Her passion for the tourism and aviation industries has not abated during the time she has spent at home with her daughter and says she is eager to recommence the chief executive role.

“I am deeply passionate about aviation, as well as Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty, and I’m excited to be part of the community and support Rotorua as it moves forward,” she says.

Ms Brewer says the Rotorua Airport team, under the leadership of former chief executive Mark Gibb, has done an outstanding job and she is looking forward to continuing that work.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my previous tenure at the airport, which included developing the airport terminal and land to its full potential. 

“It will be great to pick things back up and help to continue the work to make the airport an asset Rotorua can be proud of.

“We are facing some challenging times as we look to rebuild after COVID-19, however with those challenges come plenty of exciting new opportunities to explore.”

Rotorua Airport Chairman, Peter Stubbs, says Ms Brewer’s strong leadership, communication skills and excellent business acumen will ensure the airport continues to improve and grow.

“Nicole creates strong teams and encourages them to reach their full potential which, in turn, will deliver excellent results for Rotorua Airport.

“With her airport management and aviation experience, coupled with her strong people management skills and adaptable, practical approach, the Board has no doubt Nicole will once again add substantial value as chief executive.”

Mr Stubbs says throughout her career Nicole has continually shown the ability to pick up new concepts and rise to the challenge and believes the development of the airport land would be no exception.

Ms Brewer’s most recent role at Air New Zealand was as their Manager of Revenue Alliances where she focused on business improvement, cost savings and streamlining systems. She was a key member of the team that put together a successful bid for an alliance with Singapore Airlines. 

Ms Brewer will continue to work closely with interim Chief Executive, Logan Charters-Leahy, in the lead up to her official start on 17 January 2022.


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