Air Seychelles CEO Resigns
Cramer Ball, Australian, led Air Seychelles for two years. (Air Seychelles)
(Seychelles News Agency) – Seychelles’ national carrier Air Seychelles announced the resignation of Chief Executive Cramer Ball in a statement issued early Tuesday.
News of the departure follows several reports in the Indian press last week, Ball is likely to be appointed CEO of Jet Airways, one of India’s major airlines.
“I am considering a number of career options, and would hope to be in a position to provide an update in the near future.” said Mr Ball in the statement.
Ball was appointed as CEO in January 2012 following a strategic partnership agreement between Air Seychelles and the national airline of the UAE, Etihad Airways, where Etihad acquired a 40 percent stake in Air Seychelles and a 5-year management contract.
“Cramer Ball has been instrumental in revitalising our national carrier, and setting the company on an exciting new path to growth,” said Joel Morgan, chairman of Air Seychelles, also the Seychelles minister for home affairs and transport in a statement.
“He led the airline into profitability in his first year of leadership and has rebuilt the foundations of this proud company, introducing new aircraft, new routes, and new standards of service and new opportunities for the airline’s employees.”
During Ball's tenure, Air Seychelles introduced two new Airbus 330-200 aircrafts and achieved a profit of million in 2013, the first year of profitability after several years of losses. Air Seychelles was also named a 4-Star Airline by Skytrax at the beginning of January 2014.