Air New Zealand HR head resigns

Jodie King played a key role in further building the airline’s culture and customer focus

Air New Zealand HR head resigns

Air New Zealand has announced that Chief People Officer Jodie King will be leaving Air New Zealand to take up a new role with Vodafone New Zealand.

King joined Air New Zealand in 2013 as a General Manager in the People function and was appointed to Chief People Officer in February 2016.

She also played a key role in further building the airline’s culture and customer focus.

During her tenure, the airline has seen strong progress in its talent attraction, people development and management, leadership development and diversity and inclusion agenda.

In a statement, the company said she will be greatly missed by the Executive Team by whom she is highly regarded.

King will work with incoming Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran to ensure a smooth transition occurs and a strong appointment to the Chief People Officer role is made. She will leave by the end of the financial year.

Last year the national airline carrier took home the Cultural Celebration prize at the 2019 Diversity Awards NZ.

The purpose of the initiative was to ensure newly recruited cabin crew can connect to New Zealand’s indigenous culture.

The company wanted new recruits to understand more about the why the koru was chosen to represent the airline.

Moreover, the airline wanted new employees to share their excitement of joining their brand with their loved ones and provide their whānau with an opportunity to share and embrace their own cultural identity in a welcoming environment.

King attended the inaugural ceremony at the marae where she stayed overnight, learnt and shared a mihi and took part in the Air New Zealand haka.

The judging panel found that this initiative showed true excellence in celebrating New Zealand’s indigenous culture and using the koru to connect Air New Zealand’s employees to that culture.

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