Airline appoints act­ing CEO

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Ta­hawar Dur­rani has been ap­pointed as the act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Air Ni­ug­ini, fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Si­mon Foo on March 30.

Dur­rani, an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen, has been em­ployed by Air Ni­ug­ini since July 2005. Since De­cem­ber 2014, he has been gen­eral man­ager of airline oper­a­tions, es­sen­tially the chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

He holds a bach­e­lor of aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing, a masters in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion ma­jor­ing in fi­nance, and a masters in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

“Since be­ing with Air Ni­ug­ini, he has demon­strated great lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity and has im­ple­mented many good ini­tia­tives,” the chair­man of the Air Ni­ug­ini board, Sir Fred­er­ick Rei­her, said. “He has shown him­self to be an ef­fec­tive team builder and a mo­ti­va­tor of staff.”

Dur­rani has built ca­pac­ity in the en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment, en­abling heavy main­te­nance of Dash 8 and Fokker air­craft to be brought back to Port Moresby from over­seas.

A state­ment from the board refers to him as a hands-on leader who makes him­self avail­able 24/ 7 to fix prob­lems.

The Air Ni­ug­ini board has full con­fi­dence in his lead­er­ship, Sir Fred­er­ick said.

Air Ni­ug­ini has also re­cently ap­pointed two ex­ec­u­tive man­agers to lead the airline’s in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT) and cus­tomer af­fairs de­part­ments.

Wendy He­nao has been ap­pointed to the IT po­si­tion af­ter be­ing with the depart­ment for 29 years. Peter Dokta has taken over the cus­tomer af­fairs depart­ment af­ter be­ing with the airline for 14 years.

He has shown him­self to be an ef­fec­tive team builder and a mo­ti­va­tor of staff.

Ta­hawar Dur­rani … the act­ing CEO has been with Air Ni­ug­ini since 2005.

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