Queenstown resident and former Qantas customer operations executive manager, Ian Jackson has been appointed Wayfare acting chief executive. Wayfare is the parent company to Real Journeys and the newly merged Cardrona Alpine Resorts (Cardrona and Treble Cone).
The announcement follows last month’s resignation of Wayfare chief executive Richard Lauder, who became chief executive of Real Journeys in 2012 and was largely responsible for the company's expansion and rebranding as Wayfare - including the purchase of Cardrona in 2013 and Treble Cone in January this year.
Wayfare chair Jim Boult said the board had begun the process of recruiting for a new chief executive but did not want to rush the process, which could take six to nine months to complete.
“Given the challenges being faced by the industry at present, the Wayfare board believes we need strong and experienced leadership in the business throughout this period. A fortuitous opportunity has arisen for us to appoint a skilled and proven person as acting chief executive,” said Boult.
Jackson is a New Zealander who has lived in Queenstown for the last two years. He started off his career in tourism before working for Qantas for fourteen years, most recently as executive manager customer operations. He has joined Wayfare this week and will be working with departing chief executive Richard Lauder to ensure a smooth transition, said Boult.