Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
Date 24 Sep 2014


Contact Manager Corporate Communications, Mike Richards,
Tel: 027 222 0290


New Aviation Security Service Group Manager Appointment

Aviation Security Service (Avsec) General Manager Mark Wheeler today announced the appointment of Ben Smith to the newly created position of Group Manager, Strategic Development.

Mark Wheeler said he was delighted that Ben, who is currently Manager of the Civil Aviation Authority’s Safety Investigation Unit, would be joining the Avsec Senior Management team.

“Ben was selected from a strong, international field of applicants. Along with experience he brings energy, aviation passion and importantly fresh thinking to this new role.

“He is a strategic thinker who takes a systems approach to problem solving and can easily translate theory into the practical and effective outcomes,” said Mark Wheeler.

Ben will lead international best-practice intervention models and strategies, technology programmes and projects and identify and apply international strategic and operational best practice at Avsec.

Ben is an experienced programme and project manager with a track record of effectively identifying, integrating and implementing new technologies that enhance operational effectiveness in aviation.

He has served in front line, operational, strategic and project management positions with the Royal Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Ben will be based in Wellington and start his new position on 20 October.

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