Thursday, February 22, 2018

Briton new LIAT CEO



Mark Fraser


Cash-strapped regional airline LIAT yesterday confirmed the appointment of British national David Evans as its new chief executive officer, replacing Captain Ian Brunton, who resigned last September.

LIAT said that its new chief executive, whose appointment becomes effective from April 22, “is a results-driven executive with more than 35 years of experience in senior roles within the aviation industry”.

Last week, CMC reported that several independent sources had confirmed that Evans was approved following “internal checks” and that the leaders of the four shareholder governments of LIAT were expected to ratify their choice.

The LIAT statement said that Evans served in senior positions with British Airways in East Africa, Saudi Arabia, France, Philippines, China, Denmark and the United States and also held responsibility for the airline’s activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 2007, he joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and under their auspices served as chief operating officer of Zambian Airways.

 In 2009 he joined Kuwait start-up airline, Wataniya Airways, as chief commercial officer.

 Since then he has provided strategic and commercial consultancy services to Egypt’s Nile Air and other organisations in the Middle East, the airline said.

Evans’s selection comes six months after Brunton resigned at the height of a series of setbacks as the island-hopping carrier sought to bring a replacement fleet of French-made ATR-71 aircraft for their aging Canadian-made DeHavilland Dash-8 and Bombardier Q-400 aircraft. —CMC