SAS boss' firing draws fire
Just a few months ago, Petter Jansen was among the most heavily criticized bosses in Norway, Now his former employees at airline SAS Braathens are upset after his sudden departure over the weekend.
Petter Jansen was cleaning out his office at SAS Braathens Sunday afternoon.
Jansen quit SAS Braathens on the spot Sunday after he and SAS' corporate board of directors agreed to disagree on a "future strategy" for the airline's highly challenged Norwegian-based operation.
"This is most unfortunate and very upsetting," said Jan Levi Skogvang, leaders of an SAS Braathens' pilots' association. "We couldn't believe it was true when we first heard the news."
Skogvang said it was a "shock" that a "pillar" of the company was leaving. "Jansen has played a central role in the positive development of SAS Braathens," he claimed.
All of the employee representatives on SAS' board voted against accepting Jansen's resignation, and complained that information from the company about the disagreement between Jansen and the board was "terrible."
Jansen has been hit with several employee labour actions, however, in his successful drive to turn losses at SAS Braathens into profits. The SAS board conceded that Jansen had made a good contribution to the airline, but that he and the board "had different ideas" about how things should be run in the future.
"We therefore agree to go our separate ways," said SAS chairman John S Dueholm.
Jansen had been mainly responsible for implementing the merger between airlines SAS and Braathens. His two years as chief executive of SAS Braathens saw cost cuts of NOK 14 billion, massive layoffs, outsourcing and various conflicts among SAS and Braathens workers.
Passenger confidence in SAS Braathens hit an all-time low this spring because of flight delays and cancellations that resulted from the labour unrest.