EMEA appointment highlights of the month – July 2018


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

Here are the key executive changes for July 2018:

  • United Engine Corporation (UEC) board elected Rostec first deputy director general Vladimir Artyakov as chairman on 06-Jul-2018;
  • Kenya Airports Authority appointed Isaac Awuondo as chairman of the board of directors;
  • Eurowings Group appointed Francesco Sciortino and Michael Knoth as MDs for LGW Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter, effective 01-Aug-2018;
  • Malta‘s Minister of Tourism Konrad Mizzi confirmed the appointment of Clifford Chetcuti as Air Malta CEO, effective 01-Sep-2018;
  • Ellinair appointed Thanos Paschalis as CEO, effective 01-Sep-2018;
  • El Al appointed Noam Doron as chief operating officer, effective 15-Sep-2018;
  • Poland‘s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appointed Janusz Janiszewski as acting president of PANSA, effective since 09-Jul-2018;
  • Iran Aseman Airlines appointed Mohammad Gorji as MD, succeeding Hossein Alaei who resigned;
  • Nordica supervisory board accepted the resignation of management board chairman Jaan Tamm on 12-Jul-2018. Supervisory board member Hannes Saarpuu will temporarily replace Mr Tamm until a new chairman is found;
  • Aberdeen International Airport MD Carol Benzie announced her resignation after ten years at the airport. AGS Airports CEO Derek Provan will oversee Aberdeen International Airport during the process of selecting a replacement for Ms Benzie;
  • Aena appointed Maurici Lucena Betriu as president and CEO effective 16-Jul-2018;
  • Polar Airlines appointed Semen Vinokurov as director general on 19-Jul-2018;
  • Nordavia appointed Aleksandr Stognushenko as executive director;
  • Copenhagen Airports A/S announced plans to appoint Rasmus Lund as CFO, effective 01-Dec-2018;
  • IAG appointed Vincent Hodder as LEVEL CEO on 25-Jul-2018;
  • SE Lithuanian Airports announced the following changes to its leadership team:
    • Karolis Matulaitis: Appointed Kaunas International Airport director, effective 09-Aug-2018;
    • Andrius Daujotas: Appointed Palanga International Airport director, effective 27-Jul-2018;
    • Dainius Čiuplys: Appointed Vilnius International Airport director, effective 23-Jul-2018.
  • LAM – Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique appointed João Carlos Pó Jorge as general director;
  • Austrian Airlines announced Alexis von Hoensbroech took over as CEO from Kay Kratky;
  • Bristol Airport appointed Dave Lees as new CEO, effective 01-Aug-2018. Prior to this appointment, Mr Lees was the managing director at Southampton Airport;
  • South Africa‘s Department of Public Enterprises announced the appointment of Siza Mzimela as SA Express acting CEO on 01-Aug-2018.