Fiji Airways’ Managing Director and CEO Stefan Pichler has been asked by the German government to help turn around Air Berlin and will return home in February 2015 to do so.
“It is with tears in my eyes that I have to leave the most rewarding job in my career," said Pichler in a written release. "Our management team, each of our dear staff members, and our loyal supporters in Fiji and abroad have been really unique and very special to me. As a Board member, I will help to make sure that Fiji Airways stays its path in becoming the best boutique airline in the world.”
Fiji Airways’ Chairman Nalin Patel expressed that the Board of Fiji Airways makes this announcement with great regret but respects Pichler’s decision to respond to the call of his country.
“The Board of Fiji Airways will immediately begin the search for a suitable successor to lead Fiji Airways into the next exciting chapter of its story, which includes the development of more aircraft, more flights, and new destinations,"" said Patel.
Pichler will assist with the selection of the successor as well as the transition period that follows. He will also remain as a Board Member of Fiji Airways and continue supporting the strategic development of the group.