Malaysia Airlines overhauls management structrure

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Malaysia Airlines has detailed a new management structure which will guide the loss-making company's recently-unveiled strategic effort to return to profitability.

It includes establishing a new business unit for network, alliance and strategy - headed by Hugh Dunleavy and supporting the carrier's partnerships and candidacy for Oneworld membership - as well as a programme management office.

But several other senior figures in Malaysia Airlines units will leave, including those from posts in MAS Aerospace Engineering, MASkargo, and the revenue management and commercial strategy divisions.

The new structure, effective from 1 January, places Ahmad Jauhari as chief executive of long-haul, with immediate oversight of operations, customer experience, network, alliance, strategy and planning, and human capital.

As deputy group chief and head of short-haul, Mohammed Rashdan will be in charge of group finance, aircraft finance and, in the interim, commercial. Shihaj Kutty, formerly of Etihad Airways, will lead revenue management.

Jauhari said the restructuring "signals a new era" for Malaysia Airlines, adding: "It involves the setting-up of several new business units and the renaming of existing functions as well as the introduction of new leaders to take over from familiar faces who have decided to pursue other career opportunities."