John Mortensen

    John Mortensen is currently the interim chief executive of Skycity, taking the role in April 2016. He is scheuled to move into the newly created senior role In May 2017, upon the arrival of new chief executive Graeme Stephens.As COO for both New Zealand and Australia, Mr Mortensen will play a key role in driving EBITDA and value across the group’s six properties in two countries.

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