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Malaysia Airlines boss Mueller quits after less than year

April 21, 2016 Headline News 1 Comment Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59In a dramatic move for struggling Malaysian Airlines, its chief executive Christoph Mueller has resigned after less than a year of heading the carrier’s efforts to reorganise and steer back to profit.

Mueller is known as a turnaround wizard, following his efforts at Aer Lingus. He will continue in his Malaysia Airlines role until September 2016 and will stay on the board as a non-executive director.

Mueller said he was leaving due to “changing personal circumstance”, the BBC reported.

Christophe Mueller

Christophe Mueller

He took up his role in May 2015 to oversee a USD 1.56 billion turnaround plan, which included major job cuts and drastically pruning unprofitable destinations.

“We are very disappointed to lose Christoph as CEO but we fully understand his reasons and respect his need to do this,” Malaysian Airlines Chairman Md Nor Yusof stated.

The carrier has started seeking a new chief executive and says it will consider both internal and external candidates.

Written by Peter Needham

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  1. John Eyton says:

    Mueller was and is the “Metzger’….the German word for butcher..
    When a new CEO is appointed to “turnaround” and “rebuild” then that person should be proactive and creative.
    One of the first things the “butcher” did was cancel flights to and from Frankfurt.. Germany…his own country….

    He should have gone to Germany and try to rebuild relations with German trade.
    He went on to destroy connectivity with other European destinations… and more people wondered if he was sponsored by another airline..or even a country…
    He also was so arrogant, he refused to meet MATTA members….the tour operators and travel agents who had supported and done business and kept Malaysia airlines afloat over the years..

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