Samson resigns from Air Namibia

14 Mar 2019 00:50am
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) – The Acting Chief Executive Officer of Namibia's national airliner, Air Namibia, Mandi Ellaine Samson has resigned, with effect from Friday, 15 March 2019.
The announcement was made in a media statement availed by Air Namibia on Wednesday which stated that the reason for Samson’s resignation is to pursue other opportunities.
“We would like to thank her for her tireless efforts, commitment and dedication in caretaking Namibia’s national carrier. We wish Adv. Samson all the best in her next chapter and future endeavours,” the statement reads.
The statement further stated that the process to recruit a substantive Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Air Namibia has commenced and the board is tackling this task as one of their critical priorities in the short-term.
The board has to this end, reportedly decided to appoint an interim CEO at the helm of the business until the recruitment process has been completed.
The process to identify this interim individual has commenced and an announcement regarding this appointment will be done as soon as the necessary regulatory approvals have been obtained, it said.
The interim appointment will according to the statement allow incumbent post holders to focus on fixing the core operations in their respective posts, as well as enable executive members to prioritise their efforts to address and improve performance in critical areas such as finance, commercial services and risk/legal, including resolving the number of litigations matters in progress.
The newly appointed Board of Directors has over the past seven weeks since induction, reportedly spent significant time obtaining a comprehensive and clearer view of the status quo of the national carrier.
The board has been reported to be making good progress in holding management accountable to delivery on operational items, as well as moving towards finalising the strategic direction of the business.