Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon resigned on Wednesday evening, hinting at a possible future in politics. …
“I am now 48-years-old and my wife Amanda and I are at an interesting time in life. Our children will both have finished high school and so we will have a new degree of freedom, including career choices. Thus, I would like to think more about how I can best use my skills, abilities and experience to make a further contribution to the success of New Zealand whether that be through corporate life, politics or a not for profit.”It has previously been speculated that Luxon has ambitions to join the National Party and “do a John Key”, starting with the 2020 election.
It’s understood the National Party is keen to get Luxon on board as an MP.
Jami-Lee Ross’ seat in Botany, considered a safe National seat by the party, will have a selection race running around the end of summer, when Luxon said he would make a decision about what to do next.
Luxon has been a very successful CEO of Air New Zealand. If he stood for National, that would be a huge coup.
During his seven years as CEO, Air NZ has not just been profitable, but had all time high customer satisfaction and won several best airline global awards.