Scandinavian carrier SAS’s chief operating officer, Simon Pauck Hansen, is stepping down from his position.

Hansen first joined the company as a trainee in 1996.

He has served in several senior roles including vice-president of network and planning.

Hansen says the decision to leave has been “very difficult”, but adds that “the time has…come for me to hand over the reins”.

SAS is undergoing an extensive restructuring process under US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Vice-president for SAS Link and external production Mikael Wangdahl will take on the responsibility of acting chief operating officer – a process which will be completed in January.

SAS credits Hansen will having “played a key role” in helping the company cope with the crisis caused by the pandemic, and being “instrumental” in implementing the ‘SAS Forward’ restructuring effort.

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Source: SAS

Hansen joined SAS in 1996