GEOFF Stone has announced his resignation from Finnair, after more than six years leading the airline in the Australasia region.
Originally AY country manager, Stone was promoted to gm for Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia in Sep last year and has presided over a period of significant growth for the airline – not to mention an unprecedented succession of National Travel Industry Award wins.
Stone said he was moving on with a “heavy heart” after key developments including an increase in AY’s Asia connecting flights from Australia, the debut of the Finnair A350 fleet and hosting the carrier’s 90th birthday celebrations in Australia in 2013.
“I would like to pay special tribute to a wonderful group of professionals and terrific people with whom I have been privileged to work with at Finnair in Australia over these last few years,” Stone said.
“They are absolutely dedicated to delivering the best possible service and outcomes for our clients and industry partners and I want to congratulate them on being so integral to Finnair being named Best Offline Carrier for the last five years at the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards.”
Stone will take up a new role as Chief Operating Officer of Sydney Harbour-based Australian Cruise Group in Jan 2018.