KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Aviation Group Bhd (MAG) has appointed Peter Bellew as the new group managing director and CEO of Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAS) in place of Christoph Mueller.
Bellew, who is currently the chief operating officer, begins his term from tomorrow, July 1.
MAG owns the carrier and this appointment of Bellew confirms a StarBiz report that appeared on April 23 and again on June 29.
MAG said Bellew’s appointment as the new group MD and CEO will ensure continuity in the execution of the MAS turnaround plan and further progress of the overall restructuring effort as set out by Khazanah Nasional Bhd in its 12-point MAS Recovery Plan.
It also allows for an accelerated and seamless leadership transition from Mueller.
Khazanah controls 100% of MAG.
Bellew has over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry and he joined MAS from Ryanair Ltd on September 1 last year. He was appointed MAS executive director recently.
MAG and MAB chairman Tan Sri Md Nor Md Yusof said: “Peter has been a key figure in the airline’s senior management team responsible for executing the biggest and fastest transformation in our history.
“Peter’s appointment will pave the way for a smooth transition to ensure the continued success of our national airline. I would like to thank Christoph for all the work begun under his leadership, which has seen the airline set on a path towards reclaiming its position among the world’s leading airlines.’’