Hello, my name is Malcolm Johns and I have been the Chief
Executive of Christchurch Airport since January this year.
I am passionate about innovation, thought leadership, being a
Kiwi, New Zealand's place in Asia and so on. I like to be driven by
a passion for what I am doing and more importantly the people I am
with. I am always more interested in the person than the position,
because, for all of us, what we are at work will always be a
sub-set of who we are as a person. For me, personal relationships
are built on trust, reliability, honesty and a common purpose.
Stories energise me way more than facts and figures do. That's not
to say facts and figures aren't important to me, because they are -
I am a logical thinker by nature - it's just that stories
articulate the journey you are on, facts and figures simply measure
I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Waihi near Tauranga,
where my father instilled in me two things - a strong work ethic
and understanding my relevance to others. After school I left Waihi
to attend Waikato University's school of management and after
graduation, I joined Hyatt International Hotels' corporate trainee
program, before moving to Christchurch to work for Mount Cook Group
as Product Manager Landline and General Aviation.
Mount Cook was sold to Tourism Holdings and I moved back North
with the sale. After Tourism Holdings, I worked for various other
companies, including dabbling in my own ventures in Canada.
I've spent the past nine years at InterCity Group. InterCity
operates New Zealand's largest and most complex piece of commercial
transport infrastructure, with 170 services a day, serving 700
locations nationally, providing 182,000 daily connections between
two unique points across the country and with around 52 million
rates on sale globally at any given point in time.
My time at InterCity saw an 80% growth in passenger numbers and
average growth of 12.5% p.a. in shareholder value, over eight years
that included: the Global Financial Crisis, the earthquakes, the
Japan Tsunami and material rises in fuel costs.
I have also been Deputy Chairman of Tourism New Zealand for six
years, until last December and Chairman of the St Thomas' School
Board of Trustees for seven years until December.
I am very much looking forward to the journey the next few years
will take CIAL on and working on the crucial role Christchurch and
the South Island play in this country's economy.