August 2012: People
David Ranger has been named Etihad Airways’ partner relationship manager for the south Asia-Pacific region. Ranger, whose aviation career spans more than 30 years, previously held senior management roles with British Airways, the Qantas/BA Joint Services business and Airnorth. At Etihad, he is responsible for the carrier’s partnerships with Air New Zealand, Bangkok Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Virgin Australia. Xenia Adamou has ascended to the post of general
manager, South Africa. She has worked as sales manager at the airline for the past four years; before that, Adamou worked for more than 30 years at South African Airways. Maurice Phohleli, who previously served in the South Africa post, is the new general manager of Nigeria. His duties include overseeing the airline’s new Lagos operation, which launched July 1.
When LAN Airlines and TAM merged to become LATAM Airlines Group, a number of personnel changes took place. Mauricio Rolim Amaro, who previously served as vice chairman of TAM, took over the chairmanship of LATAM. Maria Claudia Amaro has kept her position as chairwoman of the TAM board, but has also become a member of the LATAM board. The former executive vice president and CEO of LAN, Enrique Cueto, serves in that role with the new company. Ignacio Cueto, LAN’s COO and president, is the new CEO of LAN Airlines.
The supervisory board of Fraport AG has appointed Michael Muller as the new executive board member for labor relations, succeeding the retiring Herbert Mai. Muller,
who joined the Frankfurt Airport operating company in 1984, most recently served as executive vice president of Fraport AG’s ground services strategic business unit. In his new role, Muller has responsibility for human resources, the airport security management strategic business unit and the central purchasing unit. The supervisory board has also appointed Anke Giesen to the Fraport executive board, with responsibility for the retail and properties, and ground services strategic business units. Giesen, who comes to Fraport AG from Douglas Holding AG, also oversees management development activities for the board.
Mohamed Yusuf Al Binfalah will take over as CEO of the Bahrain Airport Company in
September. Al Binfalah, who currently serves as CEO of Olive VFM Holding Company and sits on the ATYAF Telecommunications and Infrastructure International board of directors, brings 27 years of private-sector experience to the position. Some of his previous roles included general manager of DHL Aviation Service WLL and working in facility management at Gulf Petrochemicals Company.