EMEA appointment highlights of the month – November 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 November 2018:

    • Aberdeen International Airport appointed Steve Szalay as managing director, effective 13-Nov-2018.
    • Mango appointed CFO Marelize Labuschagne as acting CEO, replacing Nic Vlok.
    • ENAV confirmed chairman Roberto Scaramella resigned from the position of chairman of the board of directors, effective 08-Nov-2018. Mr Scaramella will be replaced by board member Nicola Maione.
    • Isavia announced plans to appoint Sigrún Björk Jakobsdóttir as MD, effective 04-Dec-2018.
    • S7 Airlines board approved the voluntary resignation of chairman Vladislav Filev and the appointment of Natalia Fileva to the position on 07-Nov-2018.
    • fastjet announced the appointment of Lawrence Masha as fastjet Tanzania executive chairman.
    • Moscow Vnukovo Airport appointed Dmitry Saprykin as director general.
    • ORIX Aviation Systems Limited announced the following key changes to leadership structure:
      • James Meyler appointed as CEO of the ORIX Aviation Group. Mr Meyler is CEO of ORIX Aviation Hong Kong and group deputy CEO & CCO. He succeeds David Power, who held the position since 2003.
      • Marie-Louise Kelly, CFO at ORIX Aviation, has been promoted to the main board of ORIX Aviation;
      • Paul O’Dwyer promoted to the position of chief commercial officer.
    • TUI Airways appointed Dawn Wilson as MD, effective 01-Jan-2019. Ms Wilson will succeed John Murphy, who plans to leave his role ahead of retirement. Ms Wilson’s role covers operations for both TUI Airways and TUI fly Nordic.
    • Newcastle International Airport appointed Chris Ion as aviation development executive.
    • Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced plans to implement the following group leadership changes, effective 01-Jan-2019:
      • Markus Binkert: Appointed new Lufthansa Munich hub chief commercial officer (CCO) and Lufthansa Group head of marketing. Mr Binkert currently serves as SWISS CCO;
      • Steffen Harbarth: Appointed new Lufthansa CityLine management board member. He succeeds Jörg Eberhart, who will increase activities and drive future projects in the Italian market as Air Dolomiti president and CEO.
    • SWISS announced plans to appoint Tamur Goudarzi Pour as chief commercial officer (CCO), effective 01-Jan-2019.
    • Nordavia appointed Sergey Savostin as director general. Former director general Anatoly Semenyuk will take the position of chairman.
    • London City Airport appointed Rob Holden as chairman of the board, effective 19-Nov-2018.
    • Airbus appointed Michael Schöllhorn as chief operating officer (COO) for Airbus Commercial Aircraft, effective 01-Feb-2019. He will succeed Tom Williams, who will retire at the end of Dec-2018. Mr Schöllhorn will report to Guillaume Faury, who will succeed Tom Enders as CEO following the AGM on 10-Apr-2019.
    • Airbus selected Dominik Asam as CFO, effective 10-Apr-2019. He will succeed Harald Wilhelm in the role.
    • Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA appointed Helga Bollmann Leknes as chief commercial officer (CCO).
    • Jambojet appointed Allan Kilavuka as its new MD and CEO, effective 01-Jan-2019.
    • Thomas Cook Group appointed Sten Daugaard as executive director & CFO on an interim basis;
    • Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) appointed Bongiwe Mbomvu as acting CEO;
    • Edelweiss Air plans to appoint Patrick Heymann as new chief commercial officer, effective 01-Feb-2019.
    • Icelandair Group appointed Bogi Nils Bogason as president and CEO. Mr Nils Bogason has been interim president and CEO of the carrier since Aug-2018 and served as CFO since Oct-2008.
    • CSA Czech Airlines appointed Petr Kudela as chairman.