Air Zimbabwe seeks new CEO

Air Zimbabwe seeks new CEO
Published: 20 December 2017 (1287 Views)
Troubled national airline, Air Zimbabwe, is hunting for a new CEO to replace former boss, Captain Ripton Muzenda. The firm has been battling to rediscover itself after years of poor performance allegedly due to bad corporate management.

Cpt Muzenda was fired by the Professor Chipo Dyanda-led Air Zimbabwe board last month on allegations of declining to implement a staff rationalisation exercise that was designed to save the firm up to $2,4 million. In a statement, Air Zimbabwe said it is "looking for an experienced and strategic thinking executive to oversee the organisation's core operations and systems".

"This is an aviation specialised command job requiring an overall operational responsibility for all airline's core operations." The ideal candidate is expected to providing strategic direction to the organisation; implement the airline's vision, mission and objectives; coordinate its business activities and provide strong leadership that ensures the business is run professionally and profitably.

The new CEO is also expected to grow "the business through forging strategic links and partnerships, (and) establishing strong corporate governance culture within the organisation". Air Zimbabwe is looking forward to recruiting a holder of a relevant first degree, aviation industry professional qualifications, at least 10 years managerial experience of which five years must have been at senior management level in the airline industry.

Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joram Gumbo, recently confirmed that Cpt Muzenda had been sacked by the Air Zimbabwe board after a fallout over issues to do with turning around the organisation.

"There is nothing wrong about people losing their jobs if there is a problem. I know very well about what happened with Ripton Muzenda, but I don't want to talk about someone's life in public because he still has some dignity to maintain. What I know is that he had his own problems about the turnaround and the timelines, which he had been given by which to do certain things . . .

"So there were talks between him and the board until such a time that they censured him and then they agreed to part ways with him amicably because there were issues on the targets the board wanted him to meet," said Dr Gumbo. Cpt Muzenda took over the reins at Air Zimbabwe in August last year, and ran the firm for just over 15 months.

He had taken over from Edmund Makona, who was acting CEO since 2013. Mr Makona had also taken over from Mr Innocent Mavhunga who had replaced Dr Peter Chikumba, whose contract was not renewed in 2011. This makes the Air Zimbabwe CEO's job a volatile one, which requires someone with physical and mental stamina to withstand the pressures associated with it.

Air Zimbabwe is also in the hunt for a chief operating officer to replace Mr Simba Chikore. Mr Chikore resigned in November after giving a three notice. Dr Gumbo told The Herald Business recently that Mr Chikore - who is son-in-law of former President Mugabe - left the parastatal reportedly to negotiate the coming in of another airline, Zimbabwe Airways. Zimbabwe Airways is owned largely by Zimbabweans in the Diaspora through an investment vehicle called Zimbabwe Aviation Leasing Company.


- Herald

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

MDC Alliance: The Election Bulletin - Issue 06

by MDC Communications | 17 July 2018 | 138 Views

Simple rigging proof mechanism

by S. Nhliziyo | 17 July 2018 | 133 Views

Chamisa to take ZEC head-on

by Staff rpeorter | 17 July 2018 | 126 Views

Matebeleland Chiefs petition Chiwenga over dispute

by Staff rpeorter | 17 July 2018 | 109 Views

Chamisa fails to shake off 'Grace Mugabe pact' claims

by Staff rpeorter | 17 July 2018 | 122 Views

Mnangagwa tells white farmers 'You are part of us'

by Staff rpeorter | 17 July 2018 | 123 Views

'Chigumba's arrogance reflective of her ignorance'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 107 Views

Zanu-PF looking beyond polls, says Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 95 Views

Chamisa calls for SADC, AU to protect election

by AFP | 17 July 2018 | 103 Views

President Mnangagwa man of the moment

by Elijah Chihota | 17 July 2018 | 113 Views

Congratulations to France

by Thomas Murisa | 17 July 2018 | 86 Views

Will Mnangagwa defy odds on 30 July?

by Benny Gudo | 17 July 2018 | 92 Views

ZEC: A menace tormenting Zimbabwe

by Benny Gudo | 17 July 2018 | 83 Views

Mnangagwa misleads Zimbabweans

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 139 Views

Zimra board pockets $300,000

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 118 Views

Senior MDC-Alliance leaders jump ship

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 158 Views

Chiwenga urges deserters to, 'Come back home'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 126 Views

ZEC warns Chamisa, MDC-Alliance

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 138 Views

'Zanu-PF abusing State resources'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 97 Views

Zec sued over disclosure of voters' details

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 91 Views

Musindo showers lavish praise on Madiro

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 80 Views

Chamisa's supporters released without charge

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 74 Views

Serial car thief jailed

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 59 Views

Chamisa rules out presidential election run-off

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 92 Views

Mugabe challenges default judgment

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 80 Views

Chamisa turns heat over ballot paper design

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 85 Views

'We tried talking to Mugabe but failed'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 84 Views

Zec in fresh storm over polling booths

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 75 Views

Chiwenga embraces Chamisa's 'spaghetti roads'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 84 Views

Mnangagwa 'steals' campaign concept

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 98 Views

'Mugabe stalled border upgrade'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 51 Views

'Valerio Sibanda facilitated Mnangagwa's escape'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 53 Views

Chief Charumbira drops another bombshell

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 53 Views

MDC Alliance in a fight they will not win

by Lloyd Msipa | 17 July 2018 | 95 Views

Langton 'School Boy' Tinago dies

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 59 Views

Fight breaks over 'Mugabe prophet'

by Staff reporter | 17 July 2018 | 45 Views