Airline equity partners | Etihad Appoints New CEO

ABU DHABI: Mr. Robin Kamark has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Airline Equity Partners by Etihad Aviation Group Monday, 24 April.

Mr. Kamark will be responsible for leading and developing the group’s minority equity investment strategy, which includes stakes in airberlin, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional and Virgin Australia.

Kamark takes the charge from Bruno Matheu, who has held the role since May 2016, and is leaving for personal reasons.

Having a 17  year experience of the airline industry, Kamark rised through a range of strategy, commercial and general manager roles at SAS Group to become chief commercial officer. For the last five years, he has been Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Store brand ASA, a leading Nordic financial services business.

Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the board of the Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Aviation Group continues to invest in world-class talent at the most senior level, building our executive team to lead the business into the next stage of its development.

“Robin is a well-respected leader in global aviation, with wide-ranging experience at SAS Group. He performed important roles in the restructuring of that airline and has broadened his experience more recently in financial services.

“We would like to thank Bruno for his sterling efforts over the last two and half years, as we have built and consolidated our equity partner approach.”

Kamark will lead strategic developments to optimise business performance, revenues and cost synergies between Etihad Airways and its equity partners across the world. He will also provide strategic leadership for airline partners where Etihad Airways has management responsibility. Kamark will take up his new position in October 2017.

The EAG Board is currently involved in a search for a new Group CEO. Long-serving President and CEO James Hogan announced that he would step down from the company later this year.

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