28 Jan 2014 11:00
Air Seychelles today announced the appointment of Manoj Papa as its new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Cramer Ball, who has tendered his resignation.
Mr Papa joins from South African
Airways, where he held the position of Acting General Manager: Commercial,
overseeing the entire commercial portfolio for the airline. As part of this, he
was also instrumental in developing the Long Term Turnaround Strategy for SAA.
Manoj Papa started his career with
South African Airways, working across different functions including finance,
and varied commercial functions in the airline including sales and
distribution, sales strategy, the frequent flier program and e-commerce, as
well as a period as SAA’s Regional General Manager for Asia and
Australasia. He joined Etihad Airways in
2007 later serving as Vice President Corporate Strategy until he returned to
South African Airways in 2012.
Joel Morgan, the Seychelles Minister
for Home Affairs and Transport and Chairman of Air Seychelles, welcomed the
appointment of Mr Papa to run the national airline.
He said: “Manoj Papa is an experienced
airline professional and strategist with the credentials to lead Air Seychelles
in the next phase of its development.
With our new routes, new aircraft on order and new service offer now
across the network, we are in a stronger position than we have ever been.
“I put on record our grateful thanks to
Cramer Ball, who has been instrumental in revitalising our national
carrier. Cramer was seconded to Air
Seychelles in January 2012 as part of a partnership in which Etihad Airways
acquired 40 per cent of our airline and secured a five year management
contract. He took us into profitability in his first year of leadership and has
rebuilt the foundations of this proud airline.”
James Hogan, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, also welcomed Mr Papa’s appointment.
He said: “During his five years with Etihad Airways,
Manoj played an important role in developing and implementing our long-term
growth strategy and I am delighted to welcome him back into the wider Etihad
Airways family. The insight which Manoj has into our business and strategic
model will be crucial in ensuring the continuity of our commitment to the
ongoing success and growth at Air Seychelles.”
Mr Ball was appointed as Chief
Executive Officer of Air Seychelles in January 2012. In his two-year tenure he
successfully helped restructure and re-engineer the business with a view to
achieving commercial sustainability. The turnaround program saw the
introduction of a new network plan, new aircraft, new product and service
initiatives, and new staff training and development opportunities. In February
2013, the airline was able to report a net profit of US$ 1 million, a
remarkable turnaround after three consecutive years of losses. The year
culminated in the airline receiving the prestigious four-star rating from
Ball will stay on to ensure a seamless transition until Mr Papa officially
assumes the position of CEO on 1 March 2014.