EMEA appointment highlights of the month – September 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 September 2018:

    • Blue Air appointed Marius Puiu as CEO, following the retirement of Gheorghe Racaru;
    • Saratov Airlines appointed Arkady Yestafyev as chairman for JSC Saratov Airlines;
    • Gulf Air appointed Vincent Coste as chief commercial officer, effective Sep-2018. Mr Coste was previously Kenya Airways CCO;
    • flydubai appointed Francois Oberholzer as CFO on 05-Sep-2018;
    • Globalia appointed Juan Arrizabalaga as general director on 06-Sep-2018, reporting directly to CEO Javier Hidalgo;
    • Eurowings confirmed Frank Bauer took up the position of MD and CFO as at 01-Sep-2018, succeeding Jörg Beissel;
    • LAM – Mozambique Airlines confirmed the appointment of João Carlos Pó Jorge as director general;
    • Brussels South Charleroi Airport reported Jean-Jacques Cloquet plans to step down as CEO, effective Jan-2019;
    • Rossiya – Russian Airlines‘ board approved the resignation of CEO Dmitry Saprykin on 11-Sep-2018. Deputy CEO for sales and property Sergey Alexandrovsky was appointed acting CEO;
    • CargoLogicAir announced the appointment of Frank de Jong as chief operations officer;
    • ATR confirmed the departure of CEO Christian Scherer, effective 13-Sep-2018. Mr Scherer was appointed Airbus chief commercial officer. ATR appointed Stefano Bortoli as CEO, effective 17-Sep-2018;
    • TUI Group appointed Birgit Conix as CFO, succeeding Horst Baier from 01-Oct-2018;
    • Air Seychelles confirmed the appointment of Remco Althuis as CEO on 14-Sep-2018;
    • Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG announced the appointment of Götz Ahmelmann as CEO and Dresden Airport MD, effective 15-Oct-2018;
    • oneworld appointed Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce as governing board chairman for a two year term. Mr Joyce succeeds Finnair CEO Pekka Vauramo, who is transitioning from the carrier to become Finland’s Metso Corporation CEO;
    • London Stansted Airport appointed Steve Griffiths as COO, effective 15-Oct-2018;
    • Cologne/Bonn Airport announced MD and COO Athanasios Titonis plans to step down, effective 31-Oct-2018;
    • Luxembourg Findel Airport board appointed René Steinhaus as CEO on 21-Sep-2018;
    • flybmi announced the following executive appointments:
      1. Jochen Schnadt, currently chief commercial officer, appointed to the role of MD, effective 11-Oct-2018;
      2. Malcolm Sutherland appointed as new COO;
      3. Peter Bond, co-owner of the airline, to assume the position of co-chairman of Airline Investments Limited (AIL).
    • Thomas Cook Group CFO Bill Scott stepped down after less than nine months in the position. Mr Scott will be replaced by Sten Daugaard as interim CFO;
    • Air Italy appointed Rossen Dimitrov as chief operating officer, effective 03-Oct-2018.