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Comair CEO quits after 13 years at the helm

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Comair’s CEO Erik Venter has resigned to pursue his own interests.
He leaves at the end of July 2019.

Venter, has been with the profitable airline for 23 years, 13 of them as CEO.

Comair statement

Comair CEO, Piet van Hoven, says Venter, who is only the fifth CEO in the company’s 73-year history, leaves Comair in a much stronger position than when he started.

“When
Erik took over Comair was almost exclusively dependent on its airline
businesses which are notoriously subject to seasonal and economic vagaries. He
conceived and led our diversification strategy. Other Group businesses now
contribute nearly 30% of profit before tax, a proportion that is growing.”

These
businesses include the Group’s investment in an aviation training academy with
a global customer base, as well as its SLOW lounge business, its Food
Directions catering unit, its travel business and its investment in technology
solutions for tourism, travel and aviation.

“I
believe I speak for everyone in Comair when I say that Erik has been a
visionary, considered and hugely respected leader and a wonderful person to
work with. He will be missed but leaves behind a strong and experienced
executive management team, which is another credit to his foresight.”

Wrenelle
Stander, an industry veteran and former Comair director, who has now returned
to the board, is a recent addition to an executive team, which collectively has
over 100 years’ experience at the airline. Stander was appointed executive
director responsible for the airline business in September last year.

“For
years to come, Comair will continue to benefit from Erik’s contribution in
terms of the course he has set for the business and the team he has appointed
and nurtured to deliver it and ensure another 73 years of consecutive profits,”
says Van Hoven.

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