Kuala Lumpur: Christoph Mueller, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Malaysia Airlines, has quit his position citing ‘changing personal circumstances’. Mueller will the leave his job in September less than a year after he was brought in an effort to salvage the ailing carrier. “I am proud of what we have achieved as a team in such a short time … unfortunately, personal circumstances will make it difficult for me to complete my full term,” the Guardian quoted Mueller as saying.
The Airlines CEO, who formally began his job last May to oversee a $1.56bn refurbishment, is credited for revitalizing the Irish carrier Aer Lingus. Mueller said that he was confident about the next phase of growth under a new CEO.
Meanwhile, the Malaysia Airlines has begun searching for a new CEO. Mueller would stay until September to ensure a smooth transition. The Malaysia Airlines suffered financial losses before two disasters in 2014, the disappearance of Flight MH 370 and the loss of another plane which was shot down over Ukraine. Mueller described in an interview two weeks ago had airline as a “ship that has many leaks” but asserted that things were back on the right track.