Alitalia has appointed Cramer Ball as a member of its board of directors, designated to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer from early March 2016.
A shareholders meeting convened today, chaired by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, has appointed Cramer Ball as a member of the board of directors, in substitution of Silvano Cassano who resigned in September, and it has designated him as the next CEO according to recommendations from the company’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
Since September, the Nomination and Remuneration Committee interviewed many potential candidates in collaboration with international head-hunters. Cramer Ball’s expertise in the air transport industry, managerial skills and change management drive were the deciding factors for the decision taken today.
Cramer Ball, aged 48, has more than 20 years of aviation experience. The proven expert at airline financial turnarounds will join Alitalia from Jet Airways of India where he was CEO and prior to that he was CEO at Air Seychelles, two airlines where he led substantial transformation programmes.
Prior to his CEO roles at Jet Airways and Air Seychelles Mr Ball was Regional General Manager – South East Asia for Etihad Airways based in Bangkok and before that he was General Manager Australia and New Zealand for the UAE’s national airline based in Sydney.
He performed a similar job for Gulf Air and he was also Manager Strategic Corporate Programmes for Qantas and Commercial Sales Manager for Ansett Australia.