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June 2012: People

By Hpanchal on June 4, 2012


Kirk Albrow has been promoted to general manager for Thailand at
Etihad Airways. Albrow, who joined Etihad in 2004 after stints with Swissair, United Airlines and British Airways, has held various senior commercial roles with the carrier. Mahfood Al Harthy has been named general manager for Oman. Al Harthy joins Etihad Airways from Gulf Air.  Michael Venus, who has served as head of international media relations since 2011, has been appointed vice president of corporate affairs. Venus is responsible for Etihad Airways’ public affairs and corporate communications, including global media relations, social media strategy, internal communications, corporate social responsibility, environmental affairs and corporate events.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has named 31-year airfreight veteran Jim Barruch regional sales manager for the Americas, an appointment in conjunction with the carrier’s upcoming launch of new routes and frequencies to the U.S., Canada, Mexico and India. He joins Virgin Atlantic Cargo from Globe Air Cargo, where he served as managing director and was responsible for Globe’s contract with All Nippon Airways in the New York and Boston markets.

Peter Elbers has been appointed to the KLM Management Board. Elbers has served as the carrier’s COO since 2011; he joined the KLM team in 1992.

Delta Air Lines has promoted Neil O’Sullivan to the role of regional manager, cargo sales and service for Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. O’Sullivan joined Delta in 2008 as an account manager and was promoted to cargo sales manager one year later. O’Sullivan is responsible for cargo sales and customer service activities in the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries.


Cathay Pacific Airways has hired 18-year airline veteran Ringo Sin as cargo manager for the Western U.S. Sin joins Cathay Pacific from EVA Airways, where he served in various roles, including passenger sales representative and cargo sales manager for the Los Angeles territory. Most recently, Sin worked as junior vice president of North American cargo for EVA. In his new role, Sin is responsible for overseeing Cathay Pacific’s cargo sales and operations in the Western U.S. and Mexico.


Stephan Gemkow, who had served as CFO of
Lufthansa since June 2006, asked the carrier’s supervisory board to terminate his tenure before it was to expire in May 2014. He has subsequently been hired as the CEO of Haniel, taking the top position over from Jurgen Kluge. Gemkow joined Lufthansa in 1990 and worked his way through the ranks of the organization before joining the carrier’s executive board in 2006, with responsibility for finance and aviation service. He was also a member of Lufthansa Cargo’s executive board, with a direct focus on finance and human resources, since 2004.



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