Oct 10, 2018: Wrenelle Stander has been appointed as the executive in charge of Comair’s airlines division, the company CEO Erik Venter declared.

Starting November, the aviation industry veteran will lead Comair’s two airline brands, kulula.com and British Airways, which Comair operates regionally as part of a license agreement.

Venter said, “We are delighted that Wrenelle has joined us in this evolution of the business, as she brings a wealth of aviation and leadership experience. Comair is moving its diversified businesses out from within the airline to allow each business unit to compete more effectively in its respective industry, and the leadership structure needs to reflect and enable this.” Under Comair’s new structure, the group also has executives heading its other business units: hospitality and tourism, aviation training, and Nacelle IT solutions.

The company last week posted record profits, resulting in 72 years of uninterrupted profitable operations.

Wrenelle Stander stated, “I’m delighted to be joining Comair at an exciting time for its aviation division, which will enter the next phase of its fleet renewal programme in January, as well as launching numerous technological enablers to improve the customer journey as well as its commercial effectiveness.”

Stander has more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation and energy industries, 15 of them at an executive leadership level. Her previous posts include that of managing director of the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company (ATNS). She was also deputy CEO of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and director general at the department of transport.

She also has extensive board experience at Comair, having previously served as an independent, non-executive director from 2008 to 2016. Currently, she serves as a director of the Sishen Iron Ore Company Pty Ltd, as well as on the board of Christel House, an education NGO.

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