The New Zealand Airports Association (NZAA) has appointed Jim Boult as its new chairman from 1 August, for a tenure of 16 months.
Boult is chief executive of Christchurch International Airport, a role which he has held since February 2009.
He takes over from Simon Moutter, Auckland International Airport's chief executive, who stood down because of another appointment.
Boult notes that airports have an important role in enabling critical air links, facilitating aviation businesses and bringing growth to regional economies and that New Zealand's airports will play a "vigorous part" to ensure this.
He is a former director and deputy chairman of Tourism New Zealand and has been director, managing director and chairman of several substantial public and private companies.