Cathay Pacific’s chief executive Rupert Hogg has resigned after the airline became embroiled in the ongoing Hong Kong protests.
The Hong Kong-based airline announced that Paul Loo, Cathay’s chief customer and commercial officer, has also resigned following the protests.
Hogg said: “These have been challenging weeks for the airline and it is right that Paul and I take responsibility as leaders of the company.”
Earlier this week, Hogg warned airline staff they could be sacked if they supported or took part in “illegal protests” in Hong Kong – two pilots were dismissed on Wednesday (14 August).
These moves came despite Cathay previously telling employees that it would not stop them joining the demonstrations.
Hogg will be replaced by Augustus Tang as chief executive, while Ronald Lam takes over Loo’s position. The changes take effect from Monday (19 August).
John Slosar, Cathay’s chairman, said: “Augustus Tang and Ronald Lam have the experience and depth of knowledge of aviation and our people to be strong and effective leaders of Cathay Pacific at this sensitive time.”
“Recent events have called into question Cathay Pacific’s commitment to flight safety and security and put our reputation and brand under pressure. This is regrettable as we have always made safety and security our highest priority.
“We therefore think it is time to put a new management team in place who can reset confidence and lead the airline to new heights.”