Caribbean regional air carriers Caribbean Star
and Caribbean Sun have announced new management appointments as the airlines continue with their development plan.
William “Skip” Barnette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Star
and Caribbean Sun Airlines, has appointed Frankie Francois as General Manager and
Chief of Operations for Caribbean Star, and Edward Gilkes will assume the newly
created position of Director - Government, Civic, Travel and Tourism Affairs for
both Caribbean Star and Caribbean Sun.
Both senior managers have been with the two airlines for a number of years. Frankie
Francois is presently General Manager, Engineering and Maintenance, at Caribbean
Star and will now have overall responsibility for all aspects of the daily
operations and activities of Caribbean Star.
Edward Gilkes is presently the Chief Operating Officer of Caribbean Star but has
assumed the responsibility to work closely with Mr. Barnette to ensure that
Caribbean Star and Caribbean Sun are appropriately and strategically placed within
the regional community in both the public and private sectors. Additionally, Gilkes
will be responsible for all of the airlines’ activities in relation to World Cup
In congratulating his new appointees, Barnette noted that Francois and Gilkes are
well qualified to assume their expanded roles, having worked with Caribbean Star for
the past five years.
“With the invaluable experience, commitment, continued efforts and support of all
our team members, I am confident we will be successful in our efforts to build the
Caribbean’s most respected and admired airlines,” he added.
Acknowledging his promotion as General Manager and Chief of Operations for Caribbean
Star, Frankie Francois stated:
“I am very excited about this appointment and the
opportunities it offers me to make a significant contribution towards the growth and
success of Caribbean Star Airlines. Safety is paramount and uppermost in my mind.”
Francois added that he will continue to promote the wonderful values that exemplify
the Stanford Group of Companies - values of excellent service, hard work and
Supporting Francois’ comments, new Director Edward Gilkes said:
“In a relatively
short time, Caribbean Star Airlines was able to stamp its identity in the Caribbean
through combined team effort. As we advance into an enhanced corporate image and
develop closer ties within the regional community, we will demonstrate that this
airline and Caribbean Sun Airlines are the preferred choices for all travelers in