Going Places – industry appointment highlights for Oct-2022

8 November, 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 Oct-2022:

Asia Pacific

  • Nok Air appointed Jittima Kerdsombat as acting chief of accounting.
  • Qazaq Air announced the appointment of Erkin Nauryzbayev as management board chairman.
  • IndiGo appointed Sukhjit S Pasricha as chief human resources officer.
  • Air Caledonie appointed Daniel Houmbouy as CEO.
  • Go First appointed Varun Berry as chairman.
  • AirAsia X announced the resignation of Tony Fernandes as acting group CEO and as a board director.

Europe, Middle East & Africa

  • CMA CGM appointed Guillaume Lathelize as CEO of CMA CGM Air Cargo.
  • PLAY announced the resignation of CFO Thora Eggertsdóttir.
  • Zeitfracht Group announced German Airways accountable manager Marcus Schuhte has been appointed as managing director of the carrier, alongside current managing director Maren Wolters.
  • Aero Contractors reappointed Ado Sanusi as CEO.
  • KLM Cityhopper appointed Maarten Koopmans as managing director.
  • Aeroflot appointed Aleksey Mikhalik as deputy director general - technical director.
  • Senegal's President Macky Sall issued a decree appointing Joseph Mamadou Diop as Air Senegal chairman.
  • Etihad Aviation Group announced the appointment of Antonoaldo Neves as group CEO.
  • Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways) confirmed the revocation of chairman Alfredo Altavilla's executive powers. The responsibilities were given to CEO Fabio Lazzerini.
  • Smartavia appointed Sergey Chernyshev as director general.
  • EgyptAir Holding Company appointed Yehia Zakaria as CEO.
  • British Airways CEO Sean Doyle confirmed the departure of chief people officer Michelle Lydon.
  • Air Serbia chief operations officer Marijan Kocić confirmed his appointment to the position of chief operations officer.
  • Gulf Air appointed acting CEO Captain Waleed Al Alawi as CEO on a permanent basis.
  • Air France-KLM announced the following appointments, following Anne-Sophie Le Lay's decision to step down from her position as EVP corporate secretary:
    • Alexandre Boissy as EVP corporate secretary, responsible for of group legal and public affairs, compliance, and communication;
    • Constance Thio as EVP human resources and sustainability.
  • Air France-KLM appointed Pierre-Olivier Bandet as EVP information systems, effective 01-Jan-2023.


  • Azul modified its senior management structure, with vice president of revenue Abhi Shah adding the role of president to his portfolio.
  • Lynx Air appointed James (Jim) Sullivan as COO.
  • Harbour Air announced the appointment of Bert van der Stege as Harbour Air Group CEO.