SAA makes key appointments as it implements turnaround


South African Airways has made a number of key appointments as it seeks to implement its turnaround strategy.

“The urgency to bring skills into SAA to stabilise leadership cannot be overemphasised,” says Vuyani Jarana, SAA ceo. “We have always maintained that we will adopt a three-pronged strategy to bring skills into SAA. These include searching for experienced executives to fill vacancies on a permanent basis, appointing interim executives with experience to fill the gaps whilst searching for permanent executives, as well as engaging industry firms to bring capacity at short notice to industrialise our turnaround interventions. Filling the critical skills gap is top priority, especially in the financial, business and commercial specialist areas of the airline.”

Bob Head has been appointed interim chief financial officer. He has extensive management experience in different senior management roles, locally and internationally.

Effective May 1, Hendus Venter will become the chief information officer. He has over 20 years’ senior management experience in banking, insurance, and technology. He is currently group CIO for African Bank.

On April 3, Mpati Amelia was appointed acting chief legal officer, working on a fixed-term contract basis. She is an advocate at the Johannesburg bar.

Kenneth Pillay has been appointed procurement specialist, effective yesterday, April 12. He will also act as chief procurement officer while recruitment for this position is finalised. He has over 20 years’ experience in integrated supply chain management, including demand and procurement planning, strategic sourcing, global sourcing, and enterprise resource planning implementation across various organisations.

On February 19, Pumla Luhabe was appointed chief commercial officer. She joined SAA from her position as general manager, commercial, at Mango, which she held since 2008. She has over 20 years’ experience in senior management, 15 of which have been within the airline industry.

SAA has also made other appointments to assist in key areas relating to governance issues. Thabang Motsohi has been appointed regulatory policy officer, and Vuyolwethu Tuku, manager in office of the ceo.