Friday, 16 August 2019

Cathay Pacific announces senior management changes as the airline struggles amid pro-democracy protests

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific announced today the following management changes, following disagreements on the airline's stance to the political unrest in Hong Kong recent weeks. The changes are effective from 19th August:
Mr. Augustus Tang takes over as Chief Executive Officer, from Rupert Hogg.

Mr. Ronald Lam becomes Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, succeeding Mr. Paul Loo. 

Ronald Lam will remain Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Express until a successor has been appointed.
The Board of Directors of Cathay Pacific announced that it has accepted the resignation of Rupert Hogg as Chief Executive Officer and Paul Loo as Chief Customer and Commercial Officer.  At a Board meeting today, Augustus Tang was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Ronald Lam was appointed Chief Customer and Commercial Officer.  The Board of Directors believes that it is the right time for new leadership to take Cathay Pacific forward and that Augustus Tang and Ronald Lam, both of whom are highly experienced executives with long careers at Cathay Pacific, are ideally suited to lead the company. 

John Slosar, Chairman of Cathay Pacific, commented, “Augustus Tang and Ronald Lam have the experience and depth of knowledge of aviation and our people to be strong and effective leaders of Cathay Pacific at this sensitive time. Hong Kong is a fantastic home for our airline.  It is a world-class city and has a premium airport which is the biggest international passenger and cargo hub in Asia.  Cathay Pacific has a relentless focus on standards of safety and care and an unrivalled reputation for customer service.” 

Mr Hogg stated, “It has been my honour to lead the Cathay Pacific Group over the last three years.  I am confident in the future of Hong Kong as the key aviation hub in Asia. However, these have been challenging weeks for the airline and it is right that Paul and I take responsibility as leaders of the company.”

Mr Slosar added, “Rupert Hogg and his team executed the three-year Transformation Programme which has been important to Cathay Pacific’s recovery and provides a strong platform for continued development. However, recent events have called into question Cathay Pacific’s commitment to flight safety and security and put our reputation and brand under pressure.  This is regrettable as we have always made safety and security our highest priority.  We, therefore, think it is time to put a new management team in place who can reset confidence and lead the airline to new heights.  Cathay Pacific is fully committed to Hong Kong under the principle of ‘One Country Two Systems’ as enshrined in the Basic Law.  We are confident that Hong Kong will have a great future.”

Cathay Pacific has confirmed it has passed the full details of all its staff flying into or over mainland China to the Chinese authorities and has sacked at least one pilot for taking part in the political protests, another has been sacked for 'misusing company information' on Flight CX216 on 12th August. The carrier, once the bastion of democracy and integrity has indicated to local media it will dismiss any staff member that takes part in any future pro-democracy anti-government protest or demonstrations.    

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