Wednesday, May 15, 2013

■ ZIMBABWE: Five candidates shortlisted for Air Zimbabwe CEO position; appointment due before month's end.

Air ZimbabweAir Zimbabwe (UM) is understood to have short-listed five possible candidates to for the post of airline chief executive officer (CEO) following a call for submissions earlier this year.

Air Zimbabwe 767 (MWisler)
According to the Financial Gazette, among the five candidates shortlisted are incumbent Air Zimbabwe CEO, Innocent Mavhunga, Grace Pfumbidzai, Air Zimbabwe's legal manager and company secretary, an unnamed Zimbabwean national based in Namibia, and two others whose identities and origins have not been revealed.

It is also claimed that AFRAA boss, Dr Elijah Chingosho, who had been handpicked by Zimbabwean Minister of Transport, Nicholas Goche, was not chosen "for fear of antagonising the airline’s board, which is advocating for a transparent approach to the appointment."

UM's chairman, Ozias Bvute, said announcement would be made before month's end, but that any board recommendation would still have to be green-lighted by the carrier's principle shareholder, the Zimbabwean Government.
We still have to present these names to the shareholders before the (CEO) is formally announced,” said Bvute. 

The last substantive CEO, Peter Chikumba, left the troubled airline in December 2010.