Queenstown bungy boss resigns

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Bungy New Zealand Group boss Michelle Trapski has resigned from the adventure tourism company.

Trapski, CEO for the multi-award-winning company for the last six years, announced today in a statement that she is moving on to focus on new opportunities and challenges in governance roles.

“I haven’t any firm plans as yet, and I definitely won’t be leaving Queenstown, but the time is right to leave the business on a high, to go do something else,” she says.

Trapski says a highlight of her eight years at AJ Hackett Bungy is helping the company take a “quantum leap” forwards in financial performance, with improvements in productivity and profitability.

“I leave the business in really good hands and in a really strong position for someone to come in after me. This company continues to be as dynamic and innovative as ever, including development of the multi-million-dollar Kawarau Zipride project which is due to open at the Kawarau Bungy Bridge in the near future,” she says.

Trapski will leave AJ Hackett Bungy at the end of September, and will then assume an industry advisory role to the company.

“I’ve developed good relationships with the TIANZ, TNZ and national tourism entities on behalf of AJ Hackett Bungy Ltd over the years, so it makes sense for me to continue to maintain those in the interim.”

Trapski is also the current chair of the Backpacker, Youth and Adventure Tourism Association.

Ms Trapski said the company will conduct a “broad search” for its new CEO, as the business had matured to a point where strategy and planning for the future were critical to the role.

AJ Hackett Bungy co-founder and director Henry van Asch said it had been “delightful” to work with Michelle for nearly a decade.

“She has improved the performance of the company dramatically and has always amazed me with her focus on and dedication to the customer, the extent to which she is fiercely loyal to her team, and her commitment to the company,” he said.

“I’m so glad for her that she’s made the decision to move on, but we’ll really miss her.”