Christopher Luxon, Chief Executive Officer – Air New Zealand

Christopher Luxon was appointed group general manager, International Airline, at Air New Zealand in May 2011 and took over the role of chief executive officer in January 2013.

Prior to joining Air New Zealand, he was president and chief executive officer at Unilever Canada. This was one of several senior leadership roles Mr. Luxon held during an 18-year career at Unilever, working in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.

Mr. Luxon has a master of commerce in business administration from the University of Canterbury.

Air New Zealand operates a global network that provides air passenger services and cargo transport services to, from, and within New Zealand to more than 15 million passengers a year. Its strategic focus and competitive advantage lies within the Pacific Rim. The company's network expands from New Zealand to Australia, the South West Pacific, Asia, North America, South America, and the United Kingdom.


In this keynote presentation Christopher will explore the broad construct of leadership drawing on his own experience in leadership roles.

The concept of leadership is complex and can be elusive and enigmatic. Leadership can have multiple forms and meanings, it can be considered on an individual or collective basis and can be found in many different organisational contexts.

Christopher will test the notion of leadership as it applies in the real world. He will offer practical insights into the need to be responsive to change allowing cultural, political, social, historical, experiential influences, to name just a few, to modify our interpretations of what leadership means.