Tunisair CEO appoints international committee to help roll out recovery plan
Olfa Hamdi, the new CEO of Tunisia’s national carrier, has named an international committee to help her implement a reconstruction program for the low performing airline.
The committee is made up of national and global aviation industry leaders.
The nine-member strategic committee includes Mitchell Weisberg, former Kaplan Norton team member, Expert in strategy of Fortune 500 companies and Stuart Oran, former Director of International Operations for United Airlines.
Hamdi was appointed head of the TunisAir early this month and tasked with developing a strategic action plan to save the airline and enable it to be competitive.
The new CEO, until her appointment, was according to her Linkedin page, Founder and CEO of Concord Project Technologies, a company based in Palo Alto, California, United States.
She is a global expert in capital project strategic construction-driven planning and execution and an American-trained engineer, inventor, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur.
Tunis Air is experiencing financial stress and is struggling with debts. The airline, in February 2019, announced drastic measures including the laying off of 1.200 employees.
The airline’s issues have compounded with the impact of the pandemic which has drastically affected the global travel industry.
Former transport minister Hichem Ben Ahmed then said the airline would reduce 200 staff employed per aircraft to 164 while the international norm is much lower at 84 agents.
The carrier operates 30 aircrafts.