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According to Swiss travel news website, travelnews.ch, Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller is due to join Emirates Airline as the company’s Chief Transformation Officer, after he leaves his current job in September.
When Malaysian Airlines (MAS) was facing a crisis in 2014, they hired German, aviation giant Christoph Mueller to help turn the company around.
Mueller, in his new role as CEO, made big changes – some of which were painful but necessary – such as huge layoffs, retiring an entire fleet of planes and striking a code sharing partnership with Emirates Airlines.
Everything seemed to be going just right; Malaysia Airlines showed a profit for the first quarter of this year and if all goes according to plan, they aim to be a profitable business again by 2018.
So it was quite a shock when in April, after less than a year in the job, he announced he was leaving due to “changing personal circumstances”, and would step down in September.
Despite repeatedly being asked for a fuller explanation of why he was not completing his contract, he refused to be drawn.
When asked, yet again, during an interview with the business radio station, BFM, a rather exasperated Mueller said “I understand this is a business station and I would ask you which part of ‘personal reasons’ do you not understand.”
According to Ben Schlappig on travel website One Mile at a Time, a close source revealed that Mueller’s decision to leave was driven largely by the fact that he was fed-up of the culture of corruption at the airline and that improvement was not a priority for the management there.
In a recent interview with a German broadcaster, he said that when he joined, employees were sleeping on the job and the company was significantly overpaying suppliers.
There is no independent corroboration of the rumours regarding the true nature of his ‘personal reasons’ for leaving Malaysia Airlines but given that he seems be moving directly to another job it seems probable that the reasons are more likely job-related than totally personal in nature.
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