An interim chief executive has been appointed at mobile company 2degrees, after its boss, Eric Hertz, and his wife Kathy went missing in a plane crash over the weekend.
Chairman Stewart Sherriff is now heading the company as chief executive.
He met with the company's management team in Auckland on Tuesday.
Mr Sheriff has worked in mobile businesses in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the United States.
He says the company has been talking with Mr and Mrs Hertz's families in the United States and staff have been offered support.
The company has set up a page on its website for those wanting to post tributes.