19 AUGUST 2019
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Hong Kong’s political upheavals engulfed the national carrier last week when CEO Rupert Hogg and his deputy, chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo, both resigned from their posts at Cathay Pacific.
They have been replaced by Augustus Tang, CEO of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO), which like Cathay is part of the Swire Group, as CEO and Hong Kong Express CEO Ronald Lam in the customer and commercial role.
After the resignations, Cathay chairman John Slosar said “recent events” had called into question the airline’s commitment to flight safety and security and had “put our reputation and brand under pressure”.
He added: "This is regrettable as we have always made safety and security our highest priority. We therefore think it is time to put a new management team in place who can reset confidence and lead the airline to new heights.”
Hogg said: "It has been my honour to lead the Cathay Pacific Group over the last three years. I am confident in the future of Hong Kong as the key aviation hub in Asia. However, these have been challenging weeks for the airline and it is right that Paul and I take responsibility as leaders of the company."
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