Going Places – industry appointment highlights for Aug-2022

6 September, 2022

The travel, tourism and aviation industries in the across the globe 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. CTC - Corporate Travel Community aims to keep you informed of these movements each month, with a full wrap of the key changes across regional markets, while also featuring key appointments announced for the month.

Here are the key executive changes for Aug-2022:

Asia Pacific

  • China Eastern Airlines announced the resignation of chairman Liu Shaoyong.
  • Bamboo Airways' board elected Nguyen Ngoc Trong as chairman and Doan Huu Doan to the position of executive vice chairman for 2019-2024.
  • China Eastern Airlines announced vice chairman Li Yangmin has been appointed acting chairman and legal representative.
  • Nok Air appointed Apichart Suratanasurang as CFO.
  • Solomon Airlines appointed Gus Kraus as CEO.
  • Thai Smile appointed Thamanoon Kuprasert as acting CEO and chief commercial officer.
  • China Southern Airlines announced the appointment of Wu Rongxin as EVP and ceasing to be chief engineer. Li Zhigang has been appointed chief engineer.

Europe, Middle East & Africa

  • easyJet appointed Robert Birge to the new role of chief customer and marketing officer.
  • Wizz Air Malta start-up appointed Diarmuid Ó Conghaile as CEO.
  • Pobeda's board appointed Dmitry Tyshchyuk as director general.
  • Wizz Air Group CFO Jourik Hooghe decided to step down to pursue opportunities outside the company.
  • KLM appointed Maarten Stienen as COO.
  • Airport Holdings Ltd appointed Laurent Recoura as Air Mauritius chief commercial officer.
  • SmartLynx Airlines chief operating officer Deniss Zilkins announced he took up the position of chief operating officer.
  • Finnair appointed Kristian Pullola as CFO and member of the airline's executive board, effective 01-Oct-2022.


  • Central Mountain Air appointed Trevor Wakefield as COO.
  • WestJet appointed Christian Novosel as chief digital officer.
  • American Airlines appointed Ganesh Jayaram as EVP and chief digital and information officer.
  • Cayman Islands' Ministry of Tourism and Transport announced the resignation of Cayman Airways board of directors chairman Jude Scott.