Going Places – industry appointment highlights for Feb/Mar-2023

4 April, 2023

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 Feb/Mar-2023:

Here are the key executive changes for Feb/Mar-2023:

Asia Pacific

  • Malaysia Airlines Group (MAG) announced the implementation of a Target Operating Model, which sees MAG as a full-fledged operating company overseeing group level support functions and subsidiaries. These will be grouped into three dedicated profit centres: Airlines, Loyalty & Travel Solutions and Aviation Services. With the new organisational structure, the MAG senior leadership team will be as follows:
    • Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi as CEO of the Airlines business portfolio, which will oversee MAG's global, domestic and segmented airlines;
    • Phillip See as CEO of Loyalty & Travel Solutions portfolio, covering MAG's end-to-end travel solutions and loyalty programmes;
    • Mohd Nadziruddin Mohd Basri as CEO of Aviation Services portfolio, covering cargo, ground handling, training and MRO.
    • MAG added Izham Ismail will continue in his role as group CEO.
  • Japan Airlines updated its executive team, effective 01-Apr-2023:
    • Yuji Akasaka: President, CEO, chief sustainability officer;
    • Yuji Sato: CFO, SVP corporate planning;
    • Shunsuke Honda: President of J-Air;
    • Shingo Takei: President of Japan Air Commuter.
  • Qantas Group announced changes to its Group Management Committee, as the national carrier moves into a new phase of growth and renewal. Key changes include:
    • Andrew David, who is CEO of Qantas Domestic and International, will retire from the Group in Sep-2023;
    • The role of CEO of Qantas Domestic and International, which was combined during coronavirus, will return to being two separate portfolios from 01-Jul-2023. Both roles will report to Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce;
    • Cameron Wallace will join the Group as CEO of Qantas International and Freight from 01-Jul-2023;
    • Andrew David will remain as CEO of Qantas Domestic until his retirement from the Group in Sep-2023. A recruitment process to appoint this role will start soon.
    • The rest of the Group Management Committee remains unchanged.
  • Air Niugini stated CEO Bruce Alabaster departed the company. Air Niugini's board appointed Gary Seddon as acting CEO, whilst a formal arrangement is finalised.
  • MYAirline appointed Senthil Balan Danapalan as CCO and Schrene Goh as chief marketing officer.
  • Peach announced CEO and representative director Takeaki Mori plans to retire from both roles, effective 31-Mar-2023. The LCC appointed Kazunari Ohashi to replace Mr Mori as CEO and representative director, effective 01-Apr-2023.
  • ANA Holdings announced the following changes to its members of the board and corporate executive officers, effective 01-Apr-2023:
    • Ichiro Fukuzawa: SEVP, chairman of corporate transformation committee, corporate strategy and group procurement;
    • Junichiro Miyagawa: EVP;
    • Emiko Kajita: EVP;
    • Yasuko Kato: EVP, group chief information officer, digital data, and director of group IT management;
    • Hidekazu Yoshida: EVP, director of procurement;
    • Yoshiaki Tsuda: EVP;
    • All Nippon Airways:
      • Toshiaki Toyama: Chairman of ANA Cargo;
    • Shigeru Hattori: Chief safety officer;
    • Kenichi Wakiya: President of ANA Cargo.
  • IndiGo appointed Mark Sutch as chief commercial officer international of 'CarGo', the LCC's cargo division.
  • Uzbekistan Airways appointed Shukhrat Khudaikulov as management board chairman.
  • Air China promoted VP Wang Mingyuan to president.
  • Nok Air appointed Pichit Jearkittimasak as CFO.
  • Nippon Cargo Airlines reported the following executive changes, effective 01-Apr-2023:
    • MD Toshiaki Kobori appointed senior executive MD;
    • MD Hiroyuki Homma appointed senior MD;
    • Executive officer Masaya Suzuki appointed senior executive officer;
    • Executive officer Tetsuo Mizuno appointed senior executive officer;
    • Senior executive MD Keita Sataka resigned, effective 31-Mar-2023;
    • Senior executive MD Toshiaki Kobori given new assignments: chief safety officer and chief operations officer.
  • Cathay Pacific announced the appointment of Alexander James John McGowan as executive director and chief operations and service delivery officer, succeeding Gregory Thomas Forrest Hughes.
  • HK Express appointed Jeanette Mao as CEO, succeeding Mandy Ng.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

  • Zimbabwe's Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development announced the appointment of Chipo Mtasa as Air Zimbabwe chairperson, effective 06-Feb-2023. Edmund Murambiwa Makona will serve as deputy chairperson.
  • Norse Atlantic Airways appointed Charles Duncan as president, a newly created role.
  • Lufthansa Group appointed Olivier Krüger as chief marketing officer.
  • Lufthansa Group announced the following managerial changes:
    • Current CCO Stefan Kreuzpaintner will take over the role of network, alliance and partner management for the group's passenger airlines;
    • Heiko Reitz will succeed Mr Kreuzpaintner as CCO.
  • Lufthansa extended the contracts of CEO Carsten Spohr and CFO Remco Steenbergen for a further five years, ahead of schedule.
  • SAS appointed Erik Westman as EVP network and revenue management, after five months in the position as acting.
  • SAS appointed Jason Mahoney as chief operating officer (COO), effective 01-May-2023.
  • Portugal's Government announced it removed the TAP Air Portugal CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener and chairman Manuel Beja.
  • Peter Bellew announced he was appointed Riyadh Air chief operating officer (COO).
  • Kenya Airways appointed George Kamal as chief operating officer (COO).
  • Astral Aviation announced the appointment of Patricia Odida as CCO.
  • Brussels Airlines appointed Dorothea von Boxberg as CEO, effective 15-Apr-2023.
  • Lufthansa Cargo announced plans to appoint Ashwin Bhat as CEO, effective 15-Apr-2023.
  • Pegasus Airlines appointed board vice chairperson and MD Mehmet Nane as board chairperson.
  • Uganda Airlines appointed Adedayo Olawuyi as CCO.


  • Southwest Airlines promoted Lauren Woods as senior VP technology and chief information officer.
  • Flair Airlines appointed Aaron Dhanda as chief digital officer.
  • Spirit Airlines announced Scott Haralson was promoted to executive VP and CFO.
  • Air Transat announced plans to appoint Julie Lamontagne as chief people, sustainability and communications officer.
  • Flair Airlines appointed Maciej Wilk as COO.
  • Viva appointed Francisco Lalinde as interim president and CEO, replacing Felix Antelo in both roles.
  • Easyfly appointed Felipe Gutiérrez Forero as CEO, following the retirement of Easyfly founder and president Alfonso Avila in Jul-2022.
  • American Airlines announced plans to appoint Greg Smith as chairman of the carrier's board of directors, effective 30-Apr-2023. Mr Smith will succeed Doug Parker who will retire from the board at that time.
  • JetBlue Airways appointed Keith Anderson as chief information security officer.
  • Chorus Aviation announced Colin Copp has assumed the role of president and CEO following the retirement of Joseph Randell, as announced in Sep-2022.
  • Sun Country Airlines appointed Jennifer L Vogel as chair of the board of directors.
  • Flair Airlines appointed Julia Haywood as chair of its board of directors.
  • Flybondi appointed Lucía Ginzo to the newly created role of chief communications and sustainability officer.
  • SATA Holding appointed Teresa Gonçalves as group CEO, as well as of its subsidiaries Azores Airlines, SATA Air Açores and SATA Gestão de Aeródromos.