KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Aviation Group Bhd (MAG) has appointed Captain Izham Ismail as the new chief operations officer (COO) of its subsidiary Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) effective Nov 1.
MAG said in a statement yesterday that Izham had served a short stint as chief executive officer of MAB’s regional airline subsidiary MASwings, where he is now succeeded by Aminuddin Zakaria.
Group CEO Peter Bellew said Izham was no stranger to the role, having served as director of operations from 2012 to 2015.
“With close to 36 years of experience in the aviation industry, and having just completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School, I am confident that he will be able to lead the operations and engineering division to new levels of excellence.
“Being our own internal home grown talent, I look forward to working closely with him in delivering operational excellence to the entire group.” he said.
Izham began his career with Malaysia Airlines as a trained pilot from the Philippines Airline Aviation School and has operated various aircraft from the Fokker 27, Airbus 330 to the Boeing 747.
He has served various management roles, including head of operations (Programme Management Office), executive vice president of flight operations and general manager for technical and development.
He is also currently a board director for various companies such as Hamilton Sundstrand Malaysia, MAB Kargo, MAB Academy and MAS Awana.
Bellew said Aminuddin, meanwhile, had over 27 years of professional experience in the engineering field.
“I am confident that he will develop a comprehensive and sustainable plan to improve MASwings’ operations, financial performance and customer service experience. The group remains committed towards advancing this community airline serving rural air services in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.
Aminuddin, who holds a degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, began his career at Malaysia Airlines as a trainee (aircraft maintenance).
He spent the next 12 years performing a variety of roles before moving to GE Aviation for the next 14 years, with his last position as regional sales director for Asia-Pacific. He re-joined Malaysia Airlines in 2012 as senior vice-president of airline engineering and was appointed as head (technical operations) in September 2015.
MASwings serves a network of 24 destinations and operates 10 64-seater ATR 72-500, an advanced turboprop aircraft which connects Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, and Miri International Airports to major towns and cities in East Malaysia.
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