"The Board of Hawkes Bay Airport Limited has appointed Nick Story as Chief Executive of the Airport Company.
This is a new position created to meet the board's objective towards greater stakeholder, community and customer engagement and seeking continuing growth across all revenue streams.
Chairman John Palairet noted that Nick Story would bring an impressive range of skills and experience.
"Nick's most recent position was Area Manager East Coast, Westpac Business Banking, prior to that appointment he held senior business development and marketing positions with a number of national organisations.
Accordingly he has a strong financial and risk management record along with well developed skills in business development and marketing with a strong customer focus.
The Board is delighted to appoint someone with a strong local background, committed to the region and with a broad skill base."
John Palairet acknowledged the contribution of the previous General Manager Nigel Sutton.
"The airport had undergone considerable change and development and increase in passenger numbers throughout Nigel's 20 year tenure. Nigel's management had been marked by very competent operational and financial management and he could take considerable credit for the strong financial position of the airport company"