He succeeds Kevin Brown who resigned in April to take up the role of chief executive at Perth Airport.
The selection of Carter resulted from the conduct of an extensive global executive search by the NQA Board in conjunction with an Executive Search firm.
NQA Board Chairman, Ross Rolfe, said that the Board was delighted that Carter had agreed to accept the role.
“We were very impressed by the strong field of applications we received. Norris was, however, the stand out candidate with not only a long history within the airline industry but also more recently in airport operations," says Rolfe.
Norris Carter is currently heneral manager aeronautical commercial at Auckland Airport, where he is responsible for the sustainable growth of the vital air services that fuel New Zealand tourism and trade.
Before joining Auckland Airport, Carter spent 14 years at Qantas where he led strategy, network planning and revenue management for the airline’s international operations, and played a leading role in the growth of its frequent flyer business. He spent the early part of his career with IBM and The Boston Consulting Group.
Carter has represented Auckland Airport on the NQA board for the last 12 months.
Rolfe adds: “During his time on the NQA Board, Norris has deeply impressed us with his knowledge of the airline industry and airport operations.
"We are excited by the experience that Norris brings to the role and believe he is the ideal candidate to drive future growth in the business by attracting new services to Cairns and Mackay airports as well as continuing to support our existing customers to grow their businesses.
"We are very much looking forward to working with Norris to achieve new growth in our business that will benefit the communities we serve." Mr Rolfe said.
Carter is expected to formally take up duties as CEO in early December 2016.