David Mackenzie, Chairman
CEO Jim Boult will soon step down from his position, but looking
back over his five year tenure, he has a lot to be proud of.
When Jim was appointed chief executive in 2009, the new terminal
was in planning stage, commercial activity on the airport campus
was relatively subdued and development of the airport's land
holdings was not advancing significantly. In 2010 the airport
welcomed, for the first time, more than six million passengers in a
year. Unfortunately, events beyond human control were about to
change that success.
The seismic events of 2010 and 2011 had a devastating effect on
Christchurch and Canterbury. As a result, Jim and his executive
team, like many others, have had to deal with a new world. They
have done that very well.
In April we opened the new integrated terminal, completed on
budget and, excluding seismic effects, on time. On-campus
commercial activity has developed significantly since 2009, as has
development of airport land, with a significant property leasing
portfolio providing revenue diversification.
Jim's leadership has contributed significantly to the airport's
current position. Jim has played a key role in overseeing the
development of the airport's aeronautical growth strategies.
On behalf of the CIAL board of directors, I wish to formally
record my thanks and appreciation to Jim for the work he has done
over the past five years as chief executive. As Chair, I have
enjoyed working with him. The airport is a markedly different and
better place now, compared to what it was when he took over and Jim
must take much of the credit for that result.
We wish Jim the very best in his future endeavours.