South African Airways (SAA) has named former Airports Co. South Africa executive Monwabisi Kalawe as its CEO designate following months of management turmoil.
Following Kona’s precautionary suspension, the carrier appointed Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAA’s budget carrier Mango, as an interim replacement. However, the airline has now named Monwabisi Kalawe as Mzimela’s permanent successor.
Kalawe’s has previously worked for state-owned electricity firm Eskom, Nestle South Africa, Airports Co. South Africa, Total Facilities Management Co., defense equipment manufacturer Denel and investment firm Compass Group.
SAA said Kalawe will join SAA “in the next few weeks.” He will be tasked with implementing the airline’s long-term turnaround strategy. This plan has just been submitted and is aimed at improving the airline’s financial sustainability and operational efficiency after SAA received $600 million in government-backed loans.