Announcing the news to the executive management team at the airline’s Henderson Airport head offices, Mr Holmes advised the board of directors has appointed General Manager Operations and Commercial, Gus Kraus to the acting CEO role in the interim period it will take to seek and appoint a new full time CEO.
Mr Holmes advised this process will require approval by the Solomon Islands Civil Aviation, Authority (CAASI) following a thorough review of nominated persons to the “substantive position involved.”
“The implications will have far reaching effects,” Mr Holmes said.
“And this is being worked through by the airline’s executive team with notifications and change processes already underway to ensure the airline complies with all relevant regulations and authorities within the country and with countries that we have approvals to operate to.”
Ratifying the temporary appointment to the CEO role, CAASI Director, George Satu stated that Mr Kraus had for several years held approval as stand-in for the CEO role as the occasion required.
“Gus is a very fit and proper person to step into the CEO role,” Mr Satu said.
“I believe his 48 years of airline service and experience will see Solomon Airlines successfully through its next phase of transition as we await the appointment of a new CEO.”