Solomon airlines’ new CEO to outline his vision for the national carrier

SOLOMON Airline’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gebers Brett William, is expected to outline his vision for the national carrier in a meeting in Honiara later today.

The meeting, to be held at the Skaelan Aero Club Haus, Henderson Airport is jointly organised by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and Solomon Airlines.

In invitation sent out to business houses earlier this week, SICCI, said the idea is to welcome and meet Mr William who represents the airline industry, an important member.

Replacing the ageing domestic fleet is one area he has already indicated as a priority for this year.

“Greetings from all of us here at the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board and Secretariat, We hope you have had a wonderful holiday and time out with your families.

“SICCI in collaboration with the team at Solomon Airlines cordially invites you to the first Business after 5 Networking Event. Join us this Friday to welcome and meet the Solomon Airline’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Gebers Brett William as well as getting updates from the team,” the invite sent electronically, said.

Neil Nuia said later that Mr William is expected to tell the friendly get-together about himself, his work in the past as well as what he plans to do during his tenure, believed to be three years.

“In other words, the business sector wants to hear his vision for the airline industry,” Mr Nuia said.

Mr William had already held his first get-to-know-you meeting with members of the management team at the airlines. Board chairman, Austin Holmes, was believed to have attended the meeting held last Tuesday – the day after Mr William arrived from Brisbane.

Observers fear that Mr Holmes’s presence at the meeting had signalled that he wanted to micromanage the Airlines’s operations.

Meanwhile the Board is believed to have abolished the national carrier’s six-month’s compulsory regulation on probation.

The beneficiary of this move is a Dave Pierce – an Australian who was recruited late last year to replace Gus Krutz as operations and commercial manager. Mr Krutz left the airline at the end of last November.

Mr Pierce is one of three people who were given a brand new vehicle earlier this week despite the fact he was still on probation.

A text message on the matter sent to Chairman Holmes yesterday was never returned.