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Solomon Airlines announces change of CEO

Posted on August 19, 2022 at 05:00 PM in General News

The Chairman of Solomon Airlines Mr. Frank Wickham today confirmed the appointment and return, effective immediately, of Mr. Gus Kraus as CEO for Solomon Airlines.

Mr. Kraus, a former CEO of the national carrier has accepted a 12-month appointment to lead the airline’s restarted operations following the opening of international borders.

Solomon Airlines confirmed the national carrier had commenced an executive search for potential CEO candidates earlier this year following notice that current CEO Mr. Brett Gebers would complete his contract in January 2023. Mr. Gebers joined Solomon Airlines as CEO in 2017.

“We are grateful to Brett, for his significant input to Solomon Airlines during what has been an immensely challenging period, and for his decision to now graciously step aside as we enter a new era for the national carrier.

“Under Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) and international aviation law requirements, the appointment and ongoing accreditation of the CEO by CAASI is intrinsically linked to an airline’s continuing Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and therefore, ability to continue operations.

“It is therefore imperative to make a swift and smooth CEO transition which has CAASI’s full approval,” he said.

“Brett steered the airline through one of the most tumultuous and challenging times in the airline’s history with the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to that, the airline was on an upward and profitable trajectory under his leadership.

“We also place on record our appreciation to Gus Kraus for agreeing to join the airline again as our CEO to work with the Board and support continuation until the Board decides on a longer-term arrangement for engagement of the CEO, “ he said. 

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