Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar has announced he will leave the embattled carrier in November.
News of Slosar’s impending departure comes less than a month after the airline’s chief executive Rupert Hogg and commercial director Paul Loo both quit Cathay.
Slosar will retire following the airline’s next board meeting on 6 November.
He will be replaced by Patrick Healy, a top executive at Cathay’s largest shareholder Swire Pacific.
In a trading update, Cathay said Slosar confirmed his resignation was due to his retirement and that “he is not aware of any disagreement with the board of the company”.
Swire Pacific chairman Merlin Swire said he wanted to thank Slosar for his contribution to the company over the past 39 years, adding he left the carrier “well-positioned” for future growth.
Healy said: “Cathay Pacific has been Hong Kong’s home carrier for more than seven decades.
Despite current challenges, I’m confident in the future of Hong Kong and Cathay Pacific will remain fully committed to this great city as Asia’s key aviation hub.”
Hogg was replaced by Swire’s Augustus Tang and Loo by Ronald Lam.
The shake-up comes amid a turbulent period for the carrier owing to the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, which has caused hundreds of cancellations and seen Cathay perform a U-turn on whether it would allow airline staff to participate in the demonstrations.