MAS unveils management restructure

MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) has adopted a new management structure, effective January 1, to ensure the success of its overhaul efforts launched in December last year (TTG Asia e-Daily, December 8).

Changes include the appointment of two new senior executives from outside the airline, the departure of four senior staff members, and additional responsibilities and portfolios for the group CEO and group COO.

MAS group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said: “The organisation (re) structure signals a new era for the Malaysia Airlines group. It involves the setting up of several new business units and the renaming of existing functions, as well as the introduction of new leaders to take over from familiar faces.”

The airline’s two new appointees are Hugh Dunleavy, head of the newly formed network, alliance, strategy & planning division, and Shihaj Kutty, who will lead the revenue management division.

Dunleavy previously held senior positions at WestJet Airlines, Lufthansa Systems, Star Alliance and Air Canada, while Kutty was head of pricing at Etihad Airways. Both will be joining the airline by mid-January.

Those leaving are executive vice president of commercial strategy, Dr Amin Khan; assistant general manager of revenue management, Sharifah Salwa Syed Kamaruddin; head of aerospace engineering, Mohd Roslan Ismail; and head of MASkargo, Shahari Sulaiman.

As part of the restructuring, the heads of customer experience, operations, human capital, and network, alliance, strategy & planning will now report directly to Ahmad Jauhari, who also takes on the role as CEO of longhaul operations.

Meanwhile, in his capacity as deputy group CEO and CEO of shorthaul operations, Mohammed Rashdan Mohd Yusof will head the airline’s shorthaul business, group finance, and aircraft finance & management, while overseeing commercial matters in the interim.

Reporting by N. Nithiyananthan

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