EMEA appointment highlights of the month – October 2018

6 November, 2018

The travel, tourism and aviation industries in the EMEA region witness policy and upper level changes on a daily basis. It is important to not only keep tabs of these organisations direction, but to also monitor changes in executive branches to see the wider picture of the travel market. The Blue Swan Daily will keep you informed of these movements each month, with a full wrap of the key changes in the EMEA market, while also looking forward to key appointments announced for the following month.

Here are the key executive changes for October 2018:

  • Air Italy appointed Rossen Dimitrov as chief operating officer, effective 03-Oct-2018.
  • Air France-KLM appointed Alexandre Boissy as deputy general secretary and SVP communications on 03-Oct-2018.
  • South African Airways appointed Deon Fredericks as its new interim CFO, effective 15-Oct-2018.
  • Bucharest National Airport Company (CNAB) appointed Traian Panait as interim CEO following the resignation of Dan-Dumitru Baciu on 03-Oct-2018.
  • Airbus appointed Guillaume Faury as CEO, effective 10-Apr-2019. Mr Faury currently serves as Airbus Commercial Aircraft president.
  • Bristol Airport appointed Jason Clark as CFO on 08-Oct-2018.
  • British Airways appointed Andrew Brem as chief commercial officer (CCO) and a member of the airline's management committee, effective 29-Oct-2018, replacing Adam Daniels who moves to IAG's loyalty programme Avios as CCO.
  • GesapSpA president Fabio Giambron announced plans to depart his role as president, with Tullio Giuffrè appointed to succeed him.
  • Alitalia confirmed the appointment of Fabio Lazzerini as chief business officer on 10-Oct-2018.
  • Zambia Airports Corporation Limited announced the appointment of Fumu Mondoloka as CEO and MD on 09-Oct-2018.
  • Aer Lingus announced Stephen Kavanagh will resign as CEO on 01-Jan-2019. Mr Kavanagh will remain on the airline's board as a non executive director.
  • Bournemouth Airport appointed Stephen Gill as managing director, effective 10-Oct-2018.
  • Yakutia Airlines board appointed Vladimir Gorbunov as director general following the resignation of Olga Fedorova.
  • Flybe appointed Rob Pendle as chief technical officer, effective 15-Oct-2018.
  • EuroAirport's board of directors appointed Luc Gaillet as president, effective 17-Oct-2018.
  • CSA Czech Airlines spokesperson Daniel Šabík said chairman Jozef Sinčák's five year contract will expire on 23-Oct-2018 and will not be renewed.
  • Kuwait Airways announced the appointment of Kamel Hassan Al Awadhi as CEO, effective 01-Nov-2018.
  • Rwanda Airports Company announced the appointment of Isabelle Nyombayire Umugwaneza as MD on 23-Oct-2018.
  • Finnair announced chief commercial officer Juha Järvinen plans to leave the company on 31-Dec-2018. He is slated to join Virgin Atlantic Airways as EVP commercial in Jan-2019.
  • Croatia Airlines extended the mandate of president and CEO Jasmin Bajić for a further six months, effective 04-Nov-2018.