EMEA appointment highlights of the months – Nov/Dec 2019

15 January, 2020

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 last two months of 2019.

Here are the key executive changes for Nov/Dec 2019;

  • Air Italy appointed Yousef Elzaro as CFO, effective 08-Nov-2019;
  • Norwegian Air appointed Jacob Schram as CEO, effective 01-Jan-2020;
  • Chair Airlines announced CEO Tobias Somandin and COO Urs A Pelizzoni stepped down from their respective roles. The pair were succeeded by CIO Shpend Ibrahimi as CEO and flight operations manager Tobias Hossmann as COO;
  • Norwegian appointed Marty St George as interim chief commercial officer on 04-Dec-2019, following the resignation of CCO Helga Bollmann Leknes;
  • Brussels Airlines appointed Dieter Vranckx as CEO, effective 01-Jan-2020;
  • La Compagnie confirmed it appointed Frederic Revol as chief commercial officer (CCO), effective Nov-2019;
  • Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo appointed Adriaan den Heijer as new EVP and Martinair MD, effective 01-Jan-2020;
  • Comair (South Africa) announced the appointment of Wrenelle Stander as group CEO, effective 15-Dec-2019;
  • Comair (South Africa) announced the resignation of non-executive director and deputy chairman Martin Daryl Moritz, effective 31-Dec-2019;
  • Kenya Airways appointed Allan Kilavuka as acting CEO until a permanent CEO is appointed, effective 01-Jan-2020;
  • Wizz Air appointed Jourik Hooghe as EVP and group CFO, effective 01-Feb-2020;
  • Emirates Airline president Tim Clark intends to retire at the end of Jun-2020, according to a memo to staff by chairman and CEO Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum;
  • Alitalia extraordinary commissioner Giuseppe Leogrande reported Giancarlo Zeni will be appointed MD of Alitalia, effective 08-Jan-2020;
  • Regional Jet OÜ appointed Bartosz Motyka-Radłowski as CFO and board member.