Etihad Aviation Group announced the appointment of Robin Kamark as Chief Executive Officer, Airline Equity Partners.
Mr. Kamark will be responsible for leading and developing the Group’s minority equity investment strategy, which includes stakes in airberlin, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional and Virgin Australia.
Reporting to the Group President and CEO, Robin Kamark takes over from Bruno Matheu, who has held the role since May 2016, and is leaving for personal reasons.
Mr. Kamark is a 17-year veteran of the airline industry, rising through a range of strategy, commercial and general manager roles at SAS Group to become Chief Commercial Officer. For the last five years, he has been Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Storebrand ASA, a leading Nordic financial services business.
Mr.Kamarkholds Bachelor and Master of Business Administration qualifications from the Norwegian School of Management. Hebegan his career in finance roles in the manufacturing sector, following his military service, before joining SAS in 1995.
Mr.Kamarkwill take up his new position inOctober2017. He said: “I am grateful to the Board of Etihad Aviation Group for their confidence in me. This is an exciting role, offering the opportunity to develop and refine an important element of the Group’s strategy.”
Mr.Kamarkwill become one of the fivekey business unit executiveswithin the Etihad Aviation Group, joiningPeter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways; Jeff Wilkinson, CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering; and ChrisYoulten,Managing Directorof Airport Services. Hala, the company’s destination marketing and global loyalty unit, will announce a permanent CEO shortly.
The EAG Board is currently involved in a search for a new Group CEO. Long-serving President and CEO James Hogan announced that he would step down from the company later this year.