Air Namibia announced the appointment of Mr. Xavier Masule as the interim Chief Executive Officer until a permanent CEO is appointed.
“The process for making the substantive appointment has commenced,” announced Chairperson Adv. Dee Sauls-Deckenbrock in a statement issued by Air Namibia.
Mr. Masule, who holds B. Comm (Accounting) and MBA degrees, is a seasoned professional with over 19 years of aviation industry experience and is certified and recognized by IATA as an Aviation Management Professional.
In a statement Air Namibia said the board of directors also announced that Ingrid Cupido, an experienced legal professional in the aviation sector, will be the Interim Senior Accountable Manager for overall aviation regulatory compliance and activities and that Wimpie van Vuuren, who has more than 26 years of commercial experience in the aviation industry both locally and internationally, will take up the position of Acting General Manager: Commercial Services.
“The board wishes to thank the team for taking up their new assignments and is confident they will all discharge their responsibilities with skill, diligence and passion to ensure that the airline regains its rightful place as a reliable and trusted corporate citizen. Our valued stakeholders and in particular our loyal customers, can look forward to the dawn of a new era in the lifespan of Air Namibia, wherein we will focus our commercial endeavours on smoothing the particularly rocky road that the airline has so far traversed, before we forge a fresh new path for the future,” Sauls-Deckenbrock concluded.
The new appointments follow in the wake of the resignation of acting managing director, Mandi Samson who served as the Chief Executive Officer for five years. Samson’s resignation became effective on Friday, 15 March.
In a statement, Air Namibia spokesperson Twaku Kayofa stated that Samson was leaving to pursue other opportunities
“We are committed to contributing towards a sustainable and positive direction for the business that yields tangible results over time,” Dee Sauls-Deckenbrock commented.