Chief Executive Officer

Opportunity to make a difference and leverage your broad based commercial skills in a challenging yet rewarding role

  • Tourism sector - play a pivotal role in evolution of brand Queenstown
  • Stakeholder management and industry leadership role
  • Live and work in NZ's Home of Adventure

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is passionate about Queenstown and the tourism industry to have a positive impact on NZ Inc, while also living and working in one of the most desired locations in NZ - Queenstown, the Home of Adventure. This role is a result of the CEO moving to a new role locally, post 12 very successful years. This occurred just before the first Covid wave, so an interim CEO has been 'holding the fort', while DQ has dealt with the challenges of the pandemic and its associated ramifications. The Board feel the time is now right to commence a search, looking for a New Year appointment.
Rarely do roles such as this arise, reflected in the previous CEO's 12 year tenure ! You will be leading a highly competent team who are passionate about what they do and, be supported by a capable and experienced Board. The region is obviously facing some challenges due to the Covid pandemic, but this is also a fantastic opportunity and platform from which to review Queenstown's positioning and determine what the future will look like. This will involve working closely with members, abroad range of tourism related organisations, council and central government, to improve the future management of the region.
 To be successful in the role, you will need to demonstrate:

  •    strong emotional intelligence, executive presence and political savvy
  •    outstanding stakeholder engagement, industry leadership and engagement skills 
  •    a willingness to live locally and be highly visible in the local community across all relevant stakeholders
  •    an understanding of the tourism sector, its systems and channels
  •    strong advocacy and lobbying skills
  •    a relevant tertiary qualification
 Destination Queenstown is a membership-based organisation (RTO) which acts as the neutral contact point for its members, providing industry leadership and a coordinated focus for tourism related activities. DQ works in partnership with its 1,000 member businesses, national and local bodies to market the destination, domestically and internationally, to drive visitation to the region.
So, for the right person,  this is an outstanding opportunity to work and live in the adventure playground that is Queenstown, while working in a challenging role which will make a big difference to many lives and is connected closely to the brand of NZ.
If this sounds like a role where you could have an impact, please forward your resume in the first instance to Carol Dallimore. Applications must be submitted through Luminary Search and close Monday 23 of November. Due to the high volume of applications being received for some roles, it my take me longer than normal to respond, thank you for your patience.

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and selection practice specialising in delivering business critical executive and boardroom appointments across a broad range of industry sectors and geographies. Central to Luminary's philosophy is a commitment to delivery of the best possible outcome.

"Independence of contribution was maintained. You ensured that we had thought of all aspects we needed to and you disagreed you would say so. A very important feature as the employer can get captured by certain attributes of a candidate, with the risk of losing perspective."

The Chair, New Zealand Private Company