Air Malta has finally appointed a chief executive to replace Ernst Funk who last June announced he would be standing down. And it appears Joe Cappello, who is currently chief operating officer, will step into Funk's shoes, working alongside chairman Lawrence Zammit.
We caught up with Cappello and Zammit earlier this year at the Maltese embassy in London to talk about Air Malta's plans for the future. At the time they mentioned they were interviewing for Funk's replacement. We didn't think anything of the fact both Zammit (as chairman, the more senior) AND Cappello turned up for the interview. We just figured it was a sort of two-for-one deal.
But looking back now it seems obvious Cappello was already being seriously considered for therole of chief executive and this was potentially part of his handover.
Cappello says in the official announcement: "This is indeed the biggest professional challenge that I have had to face The task is huge, the resources are limited, but the willingness, experience and capability to turn the company around and continue delivering our seamless service is there."
So, good luck Cappello. After being with Air Malta for 30 years since graduating in 1976, it's a long overdue recognition.