OLIVIER LACOUA


General Manager, Novotel Christchurch Airport

Olivier is a senior hospitality leader with over 25 years experience in hotel management.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has previously served numerous boards and advisory boards, such as the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, CCS Disability Action Wellington branch, Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa Wellington Hotels.

Olivier is passionate about the future economic and social growth of the Canterbury region and its tourism opportunities (Gateway to the South). Olivier has the desire to extend his skills to support the strong foundations led by the Chamber and its members to ensure that the Christchurch story is one of a strong, vibrant and most collaborative business community.

Olivier has been extensively involved with business communities and charitable organizations around New Zealand and is also a volunteer at the Christchurch Men’s Prison - Youth Unit. In 2012 he was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the National Order of Merit of France) by the French government. He has also been recognized by several industry sectors for his contribution and leadership around the accessibility community.

Olivier is married to his Cantabrian wife Samantha, and has two adult daughters, Ophelie and Gena-Lee. He is a keen ultra marathon runner having already completed over 80 marathons to date for his chosen charity the New Zealand Red Cross.


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