Cathay Pacific chairman resigns amid Hong Kong fallout

The reshuffle comes just weeks after the CEO resigned

The airline has struggled in its response to protests
The airline has struggled in its response to protests

The chairman of embattled airline Cathay Pacific, who last month said he “wouldn’t dream” of telling Hong Kong-based employees what to think, has resigned.

John Slosar will retire on 6 November in the latest high-level shake-up at the Asian airline.

Patrick Healy, currently a director in Cathay’s controlling shareholder Swire Group, will replace Mr Slosar as chairman.

“Being the chairman of Cathay Pacific has been the greatest of privileges for me,” said Mr Slosar.

“I would like to thank the entire Cathay team for their support, commitment and friendship during my years as part of that team.

“They are always at their best in challenging times, when their dedication really shines through.”

Making reference to the city’s “current challenges”, incoming chairman Mr Healy said he was “confident in the future of Hong Kong and Cathay Pacific will remain fully committed to this great city as Asia’s key aviation hub”.

Cathay Pacific has found itself at the centre of controversy with the ongoing Hong Kong protests, which have rocked the Asian metropolis.

Last week, the airline warned that any staff who took part in the protests face dismissal. A handful of staff have already been fired for participating.

Last month the chief executive, Rupert Hogg, who had held the top job since 2017, was replaced with immediate effect. The chief customer and commercial officer, Paul Loo, also stepped down.

After three months of often violent protests in the region, this morning Carrie Lam, the Hong Kong leader, announced the withdrawal of the controversial bill that allowed extradition to mainland China.

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