INBOX : Plane Talking Winner

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INBOX : Plane Talking Winner


His job may be based on the ground, but Brendon McWilliamCOs achievements at Christchurch Airport have made him a high-flyer among executives.

Under his guidance, the Christchurch Engine CentreCOs V2500 jet engine product line has now positioned itself as the worldCOs number-one-ranked overhaul facility.

McWilliam, a 33-year-old operations manager at Christchurch Airport, has been announced as the New Zealand Institute of ManagementCOs southern region Young Executive of the Year winner.

C[pounds sterling]Over the past three years I have worked hard to make the transition from a manager leading a business unit that was struggling to deliver on its operational and financial targets, through to developing and executing short and long-term strategies that have positioned the business as a world leader,C[yen] he says.

C[pounds sterling]Customers are prepared to ship their engines literally from the other side of the globe and past competitorsCO doorways to come to the Christchurch Engine Centre. I believe we offer service, quality and overall reliability that only New Zealanders can provide.C[yen]

McWilliamCOs role gives him responsibility for the Christchurch Engine CentreCOs three jet engine product lines. His target is to deliver nearly $220 million in revenue and he is responsible for the welfare of around 200 employees of more than 20 different nationalities.

With 95 percent of Christchurch EngineCOs work coming from offshore, McWilliam says it presents great challenges from a logistical point of view in getting engines to and from New Zealand, as well as being flexible enough to accommodate demands from various countries and cultures. …

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