I read this in The Star's newspaper, a Malaysian newspaper. Apparently, there's a lot of shifting in the MAS's board nowadays! Here's the press release:
MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) has appointed two Australians from Qantas to senior positions as part of a continuing overhaul of its top management. Sources close to MAS said Dave Condit would take up the post of general manager of sales while Kim J. Kelly would be assisting in the area of inventory and yield management. Both will report to Ahmad Fuaad Dahalan, MAS' senior general manager of sales, distribution and marketing. The appointments, on a two-year contract basis, are effective from tomorrow but the two will only be reporting for duty on Monday.
Condit and Kelly are the latest Qantas imports to join MAS after Paul Mooney was appointed as senior general manager (network and revenue management division) in June. Meanwhile, Datuk Bashir Ahmad has resigned from his position as executive vice-president (airline) effective yesterday and will be taking up a position as an adviser at the transport ministry, also on a two-year contract.
Rodzlan Akib Abu Bakar, the airline's executive vice-president (information technology and corporate planning), also resigned last Friday. The other executive vice-president (in charge of corporate affairs), Datuk Abdullah Mohd Zaid, is currently on leave prior to retirement. The sources said the changes indicated that the board of MAS had given wide powers to managing director Datuk Mohd Nor Mohd Yusoff to appoint a new team to help him turn the financially troubled carrier around.
At a recent briefing, Mohd Nor said MAS was still on track to return to profitability in 2004 despite the current turbulence in the airline industry after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the US. He also announced at the time a number of measures to offset the impact of the slowing economy, including the withdrawal from 12 international destinations; job cuts through a proposed voluntary separation scheme and the disposal of non-core assets.
Bashir, in his new position as adviser in the transport ministry, will be responsible for making the KL International Airport (KLIA) an aviation hub as well as regulating a fare mechanism At a farewell lunch at his office yesterday, Bashir said his new appointment was made possible following discussions among Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, MAS chairman Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin and Mohd Nor. "With 29 years of experience in MAS, Bashir would be the best person to advise the government on matters pertaining to the airline industry,'' a source said.