Ian Brunton is new LIAT CEO
Former chief executive of State-owned Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) Captain Ian Brunton has been appointed CEO of its competitor Antigua-based Leeward Island Air Transport (LIAT).
In a release yesterday, LIAT announced that effective today Brunton will head the airline, whose major shareholders are the Governments of Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda and St Vincent & the Grenadines.
Brunton has over fifty years' experience as a pilot, starting his career in the Royal Air Force flying military jets, before moving to commercial airplanes at BWIA.
He was appointed CAL's CEO in 2009 under the Arthur Lok Jack led board of directors, but was subsequently dismissed in 2010 following a "verbal disagreement" between then chairman George Nicholas III and CAL's line minister, then works and transport minister Jack Warner.
Brunton is a qualified attorney and holds both Bachelor and Master of Laws degrees from the University of London.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday, Brunton said his new job would be a challenge, but he has always wanted to make a difference by helping the struggling airline achieve its full potential.