PIARCO, Trinidad and Tobago – Caribbean Airlines has today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Captain Ian Brunton, has demitted office. Current Vice President Commercial and Customer Experience of Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica, Mr. Robert Corbie who has been acting as CEO of the Trinidadian owned airline for the last week, has been appointed acting CEO by its new Board of Directors.
Newly appointed Caribbean Airlines Chairman Mr. George Nicholas III, together with the Board of Directors, gave their full support to the new acting CEO, citing that Mr. Corbie has more than twenty-five years experience in the aviation business. “The new board has a fiduciary duty to carry out the vision of being the preferred airline of choice for the Caribbean.”
Mr. Corbie will be overseeing a newly merged workforce of 1,866 employees. In his new role, Mr. Corbie noted that he has been mandated to have the airline function as one company responsible for two brands: Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica.
“In keeping with the statements made by the Honourable Prime Minister in early July, we intend to nurture two distinct brands, one of Air Jamaica and the other Caribbean Airlines.”
Caribbean Airlines will maintain its corporate character whilst Air Jamaica, which already has a renowned reputation with the tourist market, will retain its name and own corporate identity as an exotic destination.
The acting CEO will maintain responsibility for the Commercial and Customer Experience function. In addition, Corbie will be supported by an executive team both in Jamaica and in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Caribbean Airlines Chairman also added, “We are confident that the airline has the knowledge and expertise in house to continue the excellent profitability and remarkable success already achieved. We thank our loyal customers and hope that they will enjoy an improved inflight experience.”
Although plans were announced for integration earlier this month, the new board of Directors has announced that as leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft arrive to replace the current Air Jamaica Airbus fleet, they will now retain the Air Jamaica name and branding.