Regional airline SA Express (SAX) has appointed Inati Ntshanga as its new chief executive. Ntshanga takes over from Siza Mzimela, who is now heading South African Airways. Ntshanga is to take up his position from beginning of next month.
Mzimela moved to SAA as CE in May. Ntshanga will also serve as Executive Director on the SA Express board of directors.
Ntshanga joined SA Express in January 2005 as Executive Manager, Commercial and Strategy before becoming General Manager Strategy and Business Development, according to a press relaese. Over the last 10 years, he has held various roles in the airline industry, particularly at SAA where he worked in various departments, including Voyager, sales, airport operations and technical. Ntshanga was also Executive Manager of Strategy and Planning as well as Regional General Manager/ EVP for the Americas at SAA. Prior to joining SAA, he worked as a consultant in various areas in aviation including cargo, technical and customer service.
Ntshanga says SA Express is one of Africa’s leading regional airlines “and I am honoured to be at its helm. My goal is to ensure that the airline continues to build on the solid foundation that has been laid and to balance stakeholder requirements with the myriad of growth opportunities in the industry, making certain that SA Express’s strategy remains innovative, visionary and competitive for years to come.”
Ntshanga’s appointment a week after cabinet approved the retention of the bulk of the board including chairwoman Lillian Boyle. The others retained were Matsotso Vuso, Bridget Ssamula, C hris Christodoulou, Ezra Bunyenyezi, Glenn Van Heerden and Bonang Mohale. Appointed as non-executive directors were Messrs L Ledwaba and V Cuba.
SAX chairwoman, Boyle said: “We are confident that Ntshanga’s blend of skills, couples with his leadership style will ensure that the airline rises to the occasion.”