Christchurch based Martin Aircraft Company has appointed Jon Mayson as its new Board Chairman to assist in the company’s mission to bring the Martin Jetpack to the commercial market.

Mayson, a former Chair of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, is a companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the shipping industry and to the export sector. Mayson is particularly recognized for his achievements as CEO of the Port Tauranga from 1997 to 2005, during which time the Port of Tauranga grew to be New Zealand’s largest export port.

Mayson said that he was looking forward to bringing his experience to the table to help Martin Aircraft Company at this phase of its development.

“The Martin Jetpack is such a great story of New Zealand innovation and I am really looking forward to being involved in the company’s evolution”, said Mayson.

Martin Aircraft Company’s CEO, Peter Coker, welcomed Mayson’s appointment.

“Jon is highly respected in the business sector for his leadership, particularly his focus on business growth and innovation, which is a great fit for Martin Aircraft Company”, said Coker.

Coker acknowledged the contribution made by outgoing Chair Jenny Morel, who has been Martin Aircraft Company’s Chair since 2008. Morel, who is the founder and Managing Partner of No 8 Ventures Management, will remain as a director of Martin Aircraft Company.