ASPAC appointment highlights of the months – Nov/Dec 2019

The travel, tourism and aviation industries in the ASPAC 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 ASPAC 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;

  • AirAsia X appointed Andrew Robert Littledale as CFO, effective 08-Nov-2019;
  • Thai Airways appointed current vice chairman Chaiyapruk Didyasarin as acting chairman, effective 11-Nov-2019;
  • Nok Air appointed Wutthiphum Jurangkool as acting CFO, effective 13-Nov-2019;
  • Regent Airways appointed Imran Asif as CEO, effective 16-Nov-2019;
  • Air Oceania appointed Jean-Luc Datim as president;
  • China Eastern Airlines announced the resignation of deputy general manager Feng Liang;
  • China Eastern Airlines announced deputy GM Tian Liuwen tendered his resignation on 29-Nov-2019 due to retirement;
  • China Eastern Airlines announced the appointment of executive director Xiao Guoqing as deputy chairman of the board, effective 11-Dec-2019;
  • Indonesia’s Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed the appointment of Garuda Indonesia finance director Fuad Rizal as acting CEO, replacing Ari Ashkara;
  • Air New Zealand confirmed Greg Foran will officially commence duties as CEO on 03-Feb-2020;
  • Air New Zealand announced acting CFO Stephan Deschamps will resign from the company in 2Q2020. Mr Deschamps will return to his corporate finance position on 03-Feb-2020 following Jeff McDowall’s return to the role of CFO;
  • Air New Zealand announced chief people officer Jodie King will resign by the end of FY2020;
  • AirAsia India appointed Ankur Garg as chief commercial officer (CCO), effective 15-Dec-2019;
  • AirAsia Japan appointed Jun Aida as representative director and COO, effective 01-Jan-2020. Mr Aida took over from CEO Jenny Mayuko Wakana, who stepped down from her role on 31-Dec-2019;
  • Vistara chief commercial officer (CCO) Sanjiv Kapoo resigned for personal reasons, effective 31-Dec-2019;
  • SriLankan Airlines confirmed the appointment of Ashok Pathirage as chairman;
  • AirAsia Group appointed Karen Chan as CEO of airasia.com on 17-Dec-2019;
  • PAL Holdings’ board approved the following appointments for PAL Holdings, Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines:
    • John G Tan as PAL Holdings director, replacing Michael G Tan;
    • Lucio C Tan III as PAL Holdings director and Air Philippines director;
    • Carmen K Tan as Philippine Airlines vice chairman;
    • Mark C Chen as Philippine Airlines independent director, replacing Amando M Tetangco Jr;
    • Resignation of Celeste C Mutuc as Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines CFO.
  • Qantas announced Debra Joan Smith resigned as a company secretary of Qantas Airways Limited, effective 20-Dec-2019;
  • Bamboo Airways vice chairman Dang Tat Thang was promoted to CEO, succeeding Trinh Van Quyet, who is also chairman of FLC Group;
  • Air China announced the resignation of director Cao Jianxiong, effective 28-Dec-2019.