Air Vanuatu has appointed Derek Nice as its new chief executive officer (CEO) – replacing Joseph Laloyer at the helm of the Pacific island airline.
Nice brings more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, including CEO and other executive positions in Canada and beat two other applicants in the last selection phase to gain the role.
The recruitment process began over two years ago and the current board of directors then appointed in November 2017 external recruitment company, Consulting Vanuatu to find an executive to lead the national carrier through the next stage of its growth.
One of Nice’s key priorities will be to develop the airline’s domestic and international route networks to provide the connectivity essential for Vanuatu’s economic and social development.
Nice said: “I’m hoping that together we can grow our airline to be a profitable leader in the South Pacific aviation, introducing Vanuatu and its people to more travellers from more countries, and further strengthening transportation links between the provinces and islands of Vanuatu.”
Laloyer and Nice will work together during a handover period to ensure continuity and to fully understand the current issues and priorities of the shareholders of Air Vanuatu. Laloyer will also act in the role as GM Airports until a permanent appointment is made.