Asia Pacific appointment highlights of the month – July 2018


The travel, tourism and aviation industries in the Asia Pacific 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 Asia Pacific, while also looking forward to key appointments announced for the following month.

Here are the key executive changes for July 2018:

  • HNA Group said co-founder Chen Feng will become sole chairman after co-chairman Wang Jian passed away on 03-Jul-2018;
  • Thai Airways appointed Ekniti Nitithanprapas as chairman, effective 10-Jul-2018;
  • Sydney Airport appointed David Gonski to the board of Sydney Airport Limited as a non-executive director, effective late Sep-2018;
  • Cook Islands Tourism Minister Wilkie Rasmussen announced the appointment of John Dean as CEO of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation;
  • Malaysia Airlines appointed Arved von zur Muehlen as group chief marketing officer;
  • Virgin Australia appointed Etihad Aviation Group chief people and transformation officer Ray Gammell as an alternate director for Robin Kamark, effective 17-Jul-2018;
  • Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) appointed Nungsari Ahmad Radhi as executive chairman on 20-Jul-2018;
  • Auckland Airport appointed Patrick Strange as chair of its board of directors, effective 31-Oct-2018;
  • Bombardier announced the following changes to its leadership team in China:
    • Doug Cai appointed president of Bombardier Aerospace China effective 01-Sep-2018, and;
    • Jianwei Zhang appointed to the newly created position of chairman of Bombardier Aerospace China.
  • SriLankan Airlines appointed Vipula Gunatilleka as group chief operating and finance officer, effective 01-Aug-2018;
  • Air New Zealand announced chairman Tony Carter will retire from the airline’s Sep-2019 annual shareholders’ meeting;
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia chairman Azharuddin Abd Rahman announced his resignation, effective 14-Aug-2018.