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South African Airways announces key appointments

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South African Airways (SAA) says it has filled the critical skills gap at the airline with a number of key appointments.

On Thursday, 12 April 2018, SAA announced that it is “aggressively implementing its turnaround plan aimed at returning the company to financial sustainability, with leadership driving the implementation of the strategy” with a number of key appointments to fill the critical skills gap at the airline.

The airline’s CEO, Vuyani Jarana, said “the urgency to bring skills into SAA to stabilise leadership cannot be overemphasised.”

He stressed that the airline has always said that it will adopt what it calls “a three-pronged strategy to bring skills into SAA. These include searching for experienced executives to fill vacancies on a permanent basis, appointing interim executives with experience to fill the gaps whilst searching for permanent executives as well as engaging industry firms to bring capacity at short notice to industrialise our turnaround interventions. Filling the critical skills gap is top priority, especially in the financial, business and commercial specialist areas of the airline.”

The appointments are as follows:

  • Pumla Luhabe as Chief Commercial Officer since 19 February, joining SAA from her previous position as General Manager: Commercial for Mango since 2008. She has over 20 years of senior management experience, 15 of which in the airline industry.
  • Bob Head as the Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective 11 April 2018. He has extensive management experience in different senior management roles both locally and internationally. He is also a former CEO of a number of companies, and Finance and Group Human Resources Director.
  • Hendus Venter as Chief Information Officer (CIO) effective 1 May. He has over 20 years’ senior management experience in banking, insurance and technology. He is currently Group CIO for African Bank.
  • Mpati Amelia as Acting Chief Legal Officer on a fixed-term contract basis effective 3 April. She is an Advocate at the Johannesburg bar.
  • Kenneth Pillay as a Procurement Specialist, effective 12 April. He will also act as Chief Procurement Officer whilst the recruitment process is being finalised. He has more than 20 years of experience in integrated supply chain management.
  • Thabang Motsohi as Regulatory Policy Officer.
  • Vuyolwethu (Vuyo) Tuku as Manager in Office of the CEO.

Jarana believes “these appointments will enhance capacity at executive levels to accelerate the execution of required strategy initiatives.”

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