20 Mar 2009

New CEO named for Nauru's national carrier

5:45 pm on 20 March 2009

Nauru's national carrier Our Airline has named a new chief executive to head up its rapidly expanding operation.

Karam Chand will take over from Geoffrey Bowmaker, who has been acting in the position pending the new appointment.

The transition is expected to take place in mid-April.

Mr Chand has recently been working as Virgin Blue Airlines' Head of Commercial (International) division, where he has spent the past nine years contributing to that airline's expansion into the Pacific region through Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue.

Overall, Mr. Chand's professional career spans 15 years as a senior airline executive in the South Pacific aviation sector.

His appointment comes after Our Airline's recent acquisition of a second aircraft to service the Norfolk Air routes and the prospect of successful negotiations with Kiribati and Fiji to enable the airline to resume the Tarawa - Majuro - Fiji service.

Nauru's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Finance and Acting Minister for Transport, Dr. Kieren Keke described the appointment as a "major coup" for the Nauruan carrier.