News Americas ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Weds. September 25, 2013: Troubled regional Caribbean airlines LIAT now has only an acting CEO.
This comes as the Board of Directors of LIAT (1974) Limited released a statement today saying they have accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer, Ian Brunton effective 1st October 2013.
Mrs. Julie Reifer-Jones has been appointed to act as Chief Executive Officer.
Brunton, a former chief executive of Trinidad & Tobago state owned Caribbean Airlines Ltd. (CAL) was appointed CEO of the Antigua-based Leeward Island Air Transport (LIAT) on August 1, 2012.
Brunton has been leading a US $100 million re-fleeting process from ageing Dash-8 aircraft to ATR’s – which is designed to help move the airline back into profit by lowering maintenance and fuel costs.
His resignation comes amid three letters calling for “heads to roll” by Dominica hotelier Gregor Nassief.
LIAT’s three main shareholder governments are Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and St Vincent & the Grenadines.