Malaysia Airlines chief executive Christoph Mueller, who announced in April he was resigning from the Malaysian airline, will join Emirates as “chief transformation officer”, according to a German business magazine.
Manager Magazin, citing insiders, said the 54-year-old airline turnaround wizard would be in charge of “digitisation” at Emirates.
Malaysia’s FMT News noted that Mueller would leave his Malaysia Airlines post in September, barely two years after joining.
While Mueller stepped down for what he said were “personal circumstances”, according to the BBC, he had drawn criticism from retrenched staff at Malaysia Airlines, as well as unions, for saying that 6000 jobs had to be slashed because many workers in the airline were unproductive. FMT News referred to allegations that some workers were found dozing in hangars.
Mueller took up his role at Malaysia Airlines in May 2015 to oversee a USD 1.56 billion turnaround plan, which included major job cuts and drastically pruning unprofitable destinations.
Malaysia Airlines, meanwhile, is seeking a new chief executive and says it will consider both internal and external candidates.
Written by Peter Needham