Tuesday, March 19, 2013

■■ ZIMBABWE: A new board in place, Air Zimbabwe now hunting for a new CEO.

Air Zimbabwe[UPDATE 19 MARCH] After the appointment last month of Ozias Bvute and six other board members charged with reinvigorating the airline, Air Zimbabwe (UM) is now on the hunt for a new Chief Executive Officer to replace the incumbent, Innocent Mavhunga, who was appointed to the role temporarily following the surprise resignation of Peter Chikumba in late 2010.

Air Zimbabwe 767 in new livery
Air Zimbabwe 767
According to NewsDay, the new managing director will be involved with the turnaround of the national airline through "the provision of strategic direction, co-ordinating the company’s business activities by ensuring it is run in a profitable and professional manner through the development of a customer-centric culture that would restore confidence to customers and stakeholders."

Provision will also be made for the establishment of "a strong corporate governance culture and instilling a performance culture in the organisation", long renowned for its patronage, political interference and nepotism.

With a USD190million debt burden, Air Zimbabwe is slated for restructuring with the finalization of modalities for debt assumption by government currently under consideration. 

A strategic partner for the airline is also to be scouted for "between June 2013 and 2014."

It is uncertain as to whether or not a restructured Air Zimbabwe will fair any better than its predecessors given Zimbabwean Tourism minister, Walter Mzembi's, beliefs that national carriers are "not designed to make profits".

[UPDATE 19 MARCH] We have received a surprising number of inquiries into the position at Air Zimbabwe. Here below is a copy of the job description as taken from Air Zimbabwe's site. No mention is made of the position being open to only Zimbabwean citizens, so we assume the post is open to everyone.

The deadline for submissions is 28 March 2013.

"The Board of Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd seeks to appoint a dynamic and professional person to the position of Managing Director.

Key Performances areas:-
Oversee the turnaround of Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd by:
  • Providing strategic direction to the organization
  • Implementing the airline’s vision, mission and objectives
  • Co-ordinating the company’s business activities and providing strong leadership that ensures the business is run professionally and profitably
  • Developing a customer centric culture that restores confidence to customers and all its stakeholders
  • Grow the business through forging strategic links and partnerships
  • Developing human resources so as to instil a performance focused culture
  • Establishing a strong corporate governance culture within the organization
The candidate must be:
  • A visionary leader who is results-oriented,
  • Be in a possession of an appropriate recognised degree; a Masters degree will be an added advantage
  • Have at least ten years managerial experience of which five years must have been at senior level in the airline industry.
  • Must have strong leadership skills and ability to manage transformation in an extremely challenging airline industry
Applications should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, certified copies of qualifications, ID and forwarded to:

The Chairman of the Board
P.O. Box ST426

Closing Date: March 28, 2013 

A word of advice, ZimPost, Zimbabwe's postal service is not always 100% reliable. We therefore suggest the use of a courier, though do take note that the address listed is a PO Box, not a physical address.