Former Destination Queenstown boss David Kennedy today cuts short his comeback after a year.
Kennedy resigned after a decade as DQ chief executive two years ago but joined the board less than a year later – during the reign of his short-lived successor, Stephen Pahl.
“Twelve months ago, I thought maybe it had lost its way a little bit,” Kennedy says.
“I’m standing down because it seems like it’s in pretty safe hands.”
Voting takes place for two board seats at today’s AGM with chair Mark Quickfall, Russell Gray, Erna Spijkerbosch and Lynne McVicar re-elected unopposed. Incumbents Steve McLean and Mark Simpson face competition for two general sector seats from Arrowtown B&B owner Henry Crawford.
Crawford, an Emmy award-winning TV drama producer, has developed a five-star Fijian resort.
DQ’s 25-year anniversary will also be celebrated.