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Fiji Airways Appoints David Bowden As CFO

Fiji Airways has appointed David Bowden as its chief financial officer taking over the role held by Nick Caine who has moved on to join fastjet, Africa’s low cost airline.
14 Nov 2014 07:25
Fiji Airways Appoints David Bowden As CFO
Fiji Airways new CFO, David Bowden.

Fiji Airways has appointed David Bowden as its chief financial officer taking over the role held by Nick Caine who has moved on to join fastjet, Africa’s low cost airline.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Mr Bowden is an experienced aviation & finance professional, with over 10 years of experience in airlines, holidays and leisure companies.

As CFO at Fiji Airways, he will head up the airline’s Finance, Procurement and Information Technology functions based at its Head Office in Nadi, Fiji.

He joins the airline’s senior management team which includes the managing director/CEO, Stefan Pichler, chief strategy officer, and various executive general managers.

Mr Pichler said they were very pleased to have someone of Mr Bowden’s expertise and drive on board.

“He comes in to Fiji Airways at the right time as we finalise the acquisition of a fourth new A330 and finalise our budget for 2015,” he said.

“A key part of David’s role will be to mentor senior local managers in the Finance and IT teams and build internal airline finance capacity.

“All other executive general managers have the same task, to provide the mentorship necessary for their Fijian managers to progress within Fiji Airways”.

Mr Bowden is also tasked immediately to finalise and implement Fiji Airways’ fuel and currency hedging plans.

He has previously held senior finance positions at Air2000, First Choice Airways, Thomson Airways, AstraZeneca and was most recently Chief Financial Officer with bmi, a privately-owned airline post the acquisition from IAG.

Mr Bowden is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also has a MSc in Computer Science.

 

Position distribution

Meanwhile, Fiji Airways has been working towards getting more Fijian in the senior management positions.

During this year, Fijians were promoted to general manager in the following areas: General Counsel, HR, Safety and Security, Inflight Product & Services.

So, out of 12 general manager positions, nine are occupied by Fijians – which means 75 per cent of those jobs.

Some of these are groomed, trained and coached to become the next generation of executive general managers and chiefs.

Fiji Airways also supports managers on their studies at leading universities.

Just last month, three local general managers returned from the Macquarie University in Australia from an intensive Senior Management Course.

Mr Pichler said: “Localisation on each level is one of our five pillars to build the future success of Fiji Airways.

“We have made some progress on management levels and with pilots. Others will follow.

“We need to make sure to broaden the experience and the skill set of our local hidden champions. And then measure their performance. And if they are ready to be promoted, we need to do it .

“On the other hand, we have to make sure that every managers is able to live up to the standards of the job he or she aspires to get. We can’t compromise on safety, security and performance.”

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 




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