South African Airways this week named Kyrl Acton as its first-ever COO. The newly conceived position replaces that of deputy CEO, last held by Oyama Mabandla, whose resignation became effective March 31 (ATWOnline, April 19). SAA said Acton's duties will encompass cargo, scheduling and commercial services, which include revenue management, pricing, sales and marketing. An Irish national and former top executive at Aer Lingus and later at LanChile, Acton has worked for Unisys since 2002 as ...

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