Ex-Aer Lingus chief executive quits Malaysia Airlines
Christoph Mueller is to step down after less than one year into a three-year contract
Christoph Mueller said he was confident that Malaysia Airlines was on track to return to profitability
The move comes after Mr Mueller took over as chief executive of Malaysia last year, charged with turning round the airline which lost two planes in tragic circumstances in 2014.
Mr Mueller asked to step down before the end of his three-year contract for personal reasons. He will serve a six-month notice period while the airline searches for a successor. He expressed his intention to remain with the airline as a non-executive director.
The former Aer Lingus chief executive became managing director and chief executive at Malaysia in May 2015, charged with reviving the carrier that was racking up losses even before hundreds of people died in two 2014 crashes.
Mr Mueller left Aer Lingus last February after six years at the helm. He described Malyasisa Airlines as being “technically bankrupt” on his arrival in the country as he announced plans for a restructuring that saw the company’s workforce cut by a third.
Mr Mueller said on Tuesday he was confident the carrier was on track to return to profitability.
“I am proud of what we have achieved as a team in such a short time and that the hard work of all of our employees is already showing the first signs of success. I am looking forward to continuing this exciting task for another six months in my executive position,” he said.
“The airline has been restructured and repositioned to regain its leading position in customers experience and to continue to connect Malaysia with the world, I am confident that the company is now on the right track to succeed in its next phase of growth under a new chief executive,” he added.
Additional reporting: Bloomberg