Air Seychelles appoints new chief

Air Seychelles appoints new chief

The recent restructuring of Air Seychelles has brought about the appointment of Bram Steller, a Dutch national, as the new Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles and is expected to take office as from October 1, 2011.

Mr. Steller was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Kenya Airways since 2008 and was in charge of flight operations; ground operations; technical, commercial, and network planning; revenue management; operations control; and cargo. He was also earlier in 2000/2001 employed as the Commercial Director of Kenya Airways responsible for designing its network and schedule and expanding the Kenyan airline’s Europe – Africa connections and doubling the Asia-Africa traffic.

He joined the aviation industry in 1975 as a management consultant with KLM and has worked in its inflight and catering production departments and served as KLM’s general manager in Cairo and Sweden thereafter as KLM’s Director for Commercial Cooperation.

Mr. Steller has worked as KLM’s Vice President for Middle East, Central, and South Asia based in Dubai. His work experience in the airline industry has taken him to Jet Airways in Mumbai where he was the Executive Vice President Commercial and was responsible for networking, scheduling, marketing, sales, cargo, inflight, and ground services.

As the Managing Director of Trans Maldivian Airways based in Male, Mr. Steller changed the airline’s operations into highly-profitable results with reliability and service, and he also worked as the Executive Director for Field Services of Nigeria Airways responsible for its marketing, sales, and service network.

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Mr. Steller’s professional objective in the airline industry is to manage turnaround, growth, and the development process and also to develop a skilled and talented work team.

The out-going Executive Chairman, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, will eventually hand over the daily operations of Air Seychelles to Mr. Steller and will be resuming his post as Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs but staying on as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Deputy CEO, Mr. Garry Albert, will work alongside Mr. Steller during his two–year contract with Air Seychelles.