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Senior management changes announced at Cathay Pacific

26 May 2010


Cathay Pacific Airways has announced senior management changes that include a number of moves at director level. The changes will be effective from the second half of the year.

Under the changes, James Barrington, currently Director Sales & Marketing, will become Director Corporate Development. Rupert Hogg, currently Director Cargo, will become Director Sales & Marketing. Tomasz Smaczny, now General Manager Information Management, will become Director Information Management. The current incumbent in the Director Information Management role, Edward Nicol, is retiring after 35 years’ service with the Swire group. In Flight Operations, Richard Hall, currently General Manager Aircrew, will take up the position of Director Flight Operations – a post currently held by Nick Rhodes. Mr Rhodes will become Director Cargo.

Ian Shiu, the current Director Corporate Development at Cathay Pacific, has been appointed a Senior Director of John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd with a brief which covers staff matters in Hong Kong and strategic developments in Mainland China and Taiwan.

Short biographies of those affected by the senior management changes are included below:

James Barrington – Director Corporate Development

Mr Barrington joined the Swire group in 1982 and has held a variety of management positions in Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong and overseas, including General Manager Cargo. He was appointed Director Sales & Marketing in 2000.

Richard Hall – Director Flight Operations

Captain Hall joined Cathay Pacific in October 1988 and has held a number of positions within the Flight Operations Department of the airline including General Manager Flying, Chief Pilot Boeing 747-400 and Chief Pilot Airbus. He has been a Captain with Cathay Pacific since 1993 and has been involved actively in flying training since 1995. He took up the position of General Manager Aircrew in September 2008.

Rupert Hogg - Director Sales & Marketing

Mr Hogg joined the Swire group in 1986. He worked with Cathay Pacific from 1988 to 1997 in various management roles in Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand and India. Prior to rejoining the airline he was Managing Director of James Finlay Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Ltd. Mr Hogg was appointed as Cathay Pacific’s Director Cargo in 2008.

Nick Rhodes – Director Cargo

Mr Rhodes joined the Swire group in 1980 and has held a number of management positions within various departments in Cathay Pacific. He worked for five years as General Manager Aircrew in the airline’s Flight Operations Department before becoming Director Flight Operations in January 2003.

Ian Shiu – Senior Director, John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd

Mr Shiu joined Cathay Pacific in 1978 and has worked with the airline in London, Singapore and the Benelux region. He held the post of General Manager Revenue Management, Sales & Distribution from 1999 until 2008 when he was appointed Director Corporate Development.

Tomasz Smaczny – Director Information Management

Mr Smaczny is an information technology specialist who arrived at Cathay Pacific in October 2008 to take up the position of General Manager Information Management. He has held a number of Chief Information Officer positions and prior to coming to Hong Kong was CIO with banking group ANZ, based in Wellington, New Zealand.
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