The Crossair Board of Directors resolved at its latest meeting to expand the company’s organisational structure. It also approved CEO André Dosé‘s recommendations for the new Executive Management and Upper Management team. The new Crossair will have a nine-member Executive Management and an Upper Management comprising a further 42 executives. The new structure should equip the company to handle the planned expansion of its European operations and the development of an intercontinental network under the ongoing Phoenix Project.
The new Crossair organisation will have eight operating divisions: Strategy & Network, Marketing & Sales, Product & Services, Finances, Corporate Services (including IT), Human Resources, Technical Services and Flight Operations (the flight operations of Crossair and Swissair will continue to be managed separately until the end of March 2002). CEO André Dosé will head the Executive Management team, and will be further supported by three staff units: the General Secretariat, Corporate Communications and Aeropolitical Affairs.
The members of Executive Management, whose appointments have now been approved by the Crossair Board, have been largely recruited from the Crossair management corps. The sole exception is in the Corporate Services division. Some existing departments will be transferred between divisions to align the company’s structure more closely to market conditions and operating needs. This is especially true in Finances and Marketing & Sales, which are both likely to undergo sizable expansion.
In addition to the Executive Management team, Crossair Upper Management will consist of a further 42 leading managers. Over half of these positions have been offered to Swissair personnel. “The Board and I felt that it was crucial to have an Executive Management with proven skills and loyalties, one that will work together well, and one that has been involved in devising and developing Project Phoenix right from the start,” says CEO André Dosé, commenting on the appointments. “And when we combine this with the executives who come to us from Swissair, we will have a highly skilled and effective management team that has all the expertise and experience we need to develop Crossair into a successful intercontinental airline.