Fiji Airways Management Team
Managing Director & CEO
Andre Viljoen, born in South Africa, has 33 years of seasoned airline experience and joined Fiji Airways as Managing Director and Chief Executive officer in October 2015. He holds an Honours Degree in Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant.
He started his airline career with Comair British Airways in South Africa in the 1980’s as Financial Manager and soon grew to the position of Group Financial and Commercial Director, which he held for more than 10 years. He played an instrumental role in elevating Comair from a small regional airline to becoming South African Airways principal domestic competitor flying the British Airways brand.
He then went on in 1992 to join South African Express Airways, the largest regional airline in South Africa, as Chief Operating Officer. He devised and led a turnaround program to restore the airline back to profitability and to expand its fleet to include regional jets.
In 1995, he joined South African Airways, South Africa’s National Airline, as Chief Financial Officer and took over as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000 until 2005. He implemented an aggressive transformation program known as “Perfecting the Basics” which restored the airline back to profitability by 2002. The transformation program also earned the airline a Skytrax 4 Star Rating, as well as many travel awards such as “The Leading Airline to Africa”.
He then went on to join the tour operator group Cullinan Holdings as Chief Executive Officer from 2006. The group is well known for its travel brands Thomson Holidays, Thomson Tours and Pentravel.
In 2009, he joined Air Mauritius, Mauritius’ National Airline, initially as Chief Financial Officer and then from 2010 as Chief Executive Officer. In 2012, he launched a successful turnaround program known as the “7 Step Recovery Plan”. The plan was focused on re-balancing the company’s network, improving revenue management and commercial, as well as re-fleeting with new generation aircraft. The plan restored the airline back to profitability by 2014 and it has ordered 6 Airbus A350-900 new generation aircraft to replace its aged fleet of Airbus A340-300’s. The service quality improvement program implemented as part of the 7 Step Recovery Plan has earned Air Mauritius the Skytrax 4 Star Rating, as well as the travel award of “Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean”.
Chief Financial Officer
Appointed as Chief Financial Officer in June 2016, Nick is no stranger to Fiji Airways having previously held the CFO role from 2010-2014. Returning to Fiji, Nick brings with him over 25 years of international and cross-cultural experience gained from living and working across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Australia. With a strong track record of enhancing business performance in established, turnaround, start-up and growing businesses, Nick has gained valuable experience working in financial, commercial and strategic roles with British Airways, Swissair, South African Airways, easyJet, Jetstar, and fastJet. A graduate of the University Of Stirling, Nick is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA), and a Global Certified Management Accountant (GCMA).
Chief Strategy Officer
Aubrey Swift is an experienced airline executive with over 20 years in the industry in commercial roles at British Airways, Virgin Blue and V Australia - where he helped design, launch and grow the carrier. He has worked across low cost and full service airline business models, selling direct and through all segments of the travel trade. He has also consulted for airlines and airports, working on a variety of network planning strategy projects. Aubrey has acted as Chief Executive Officer of Fiji Airways from May to September 2013, and is a former Chief Commercial Officer for the airline.
Executive General Manager, Operations
Kenneth Barley oversees the airline’s Flight Operations and Operations Support teams. He is a qualified commercial and military pilot with over 12,000 flying hours. Kenneth has services in the Royal British Air Force and a Fighter Pilot and Flying Instructor. His commercial airline experience spans across Air New Zealand where he was a pilot, and Cathay Pacific Airways based in Hong Kong, where he was a First Officer, Captain, Check and Training Captain, Fleet Manager, General Manager Flying, Director Flight Operations and Chairman of that airline’s Board Safety Review Committee.
Executive General Manager, Fiji Link and Group Corporate, International and Government Affairs
Shaenaz was appointed to the position in November 2015, an advancement to her previous role as General Manager Industry, International and Government Affairs. She was the former General Manager of Fiji Link, Fiji Airways’ domestic subsidiary. She was Fiji’s first woman general manager of an airline when she took up that role in May 2011. Prior to that, Shaenaz was General Manager Guest Services, Airports & Inflight for the airline. Shaenaz holds more than 20 years of commercial and operational management experience in the aviation, tourism and service industries. A highlight of her career was her winning the Royal Aeronautical Society of New Zealand’s Douglas Patterson Award for Achievement in Aviation Management for the South Pacific in 1995. In 2013, Shaenaz was awarded the title of Fiji’s Executive Woman of the Year, at the 2013 annual Fiji Women in Business Awards.
Executive General Manager, Sales and Marketing
Appointed to the role in January 2016, Andrew leads all sales and marketing activities in our home market of Fiji and Pacific Islands, our overseas bases of Australia, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore as well as Fiji’s other key tourism markets of Europe and Asia. Andrew joined the Fiji Airways team in 2012 as Regional General Manager Australia based in Sydney. Prior to this he had worked in both Australia and New Zealand for Air New Zealand, as well as Qantas New Zealand beginning his airline industry career with Ansett New Zealand. Over the last 20 years Andrew has held leadership roles in airline Sales, Marketing, Cargo, Airports and Loyalty. He has a Bachelor in Business Studies from Massey University and has completed continued professional development including the Executive Management Programme at Darden University.
Executive General Manager, Information Technology
Gordon was appointed to this position in May 2016. He joined Fiji Airways from Etihad Aviation Group where he held the role of Senior Vice President of Information Technology. He previously held executive and senior management roles at British Airways, Fujitsu Inc. and STC-ICL Ltd, in the course of which he undertook extensive periods of work in Europe, Japan and North America, and enjoyed long-term residence in South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Gordon brings with him over thirty years of IT experience primarily in the aviation sector, and has spent the past 20 years working in the airline industry. Outside of Aviation, he has worked in international IT Services in the Telecommunications and Financial sectors, and as a defence contractor. Gordon has a strong technical background and a deep understanding of airline commercial systems, resource management, and airline and airport operations. He holds an Honours degree in Economics and Law and undertook postgraduate studies in Computer Science.
Executive General Manager, Engineering
Thomas is an aircraft Engineer by profession and was appointed Executive General Manager, Engineering in May 2016. His most previous role was as General Manager of Fiji Link – Fiji Airways’ domestic subsidiary. He has grown with Fiji Airways, having joined the airline in June 1989 and got his aircraft maintenance engineer’s license in July 1995. Thomas later became an aircraft maintenance supervisor in November 2001 and was promoted to Manager-Aircraft Maintenance in October 2006. He became General Manager Engineering in March 2008 before being appointed to Manage Fiji Link’s operations in January 2015. Thomas holds a diploma in business (aviation) and a certificate in airline management.
Executive General Manager, Human Resources
David Schoeman was appointed to the position of Executive General Manager-Human Resources in June 2016. David joined Fiji Airways from Qatar Airways Group where he held the roles of Senior Vice President HRM and Acting Chief Human Resource Officer. David is known for successfully transforming the people culture by shaping the Talent Agenda through strong people practices and focus Attraction and Retention Strategy. David brings with him over twenty years plus of experience and knowledge in strategic and operational HR. He holds a Masters in Human Resources Management from the Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa.
Executive General Manager, Operations, Airports & Inflight Services and Freight
Rowan Chalmers joined Fiji Airways in this this position in November 2016. Rowan was previously with Perth Airports (Pty) Ltd where he held the position of Executive General Manager: Operations & Customer Experience. Prior to that Rowan was Head of Ground Operations at Qantas for Sydney and Canberra and General Manager at Virgin Atlantic Airways responsible for the transformation of the hub at Heathrow. He also served as General Manager at American Airlines, based in Toronto, responsible for the reorganisation of the company’s largest operation in Canada. He brings with him a wealth of experience in operational and service delivery, as well as performance improvement. His experience covers multiple areas including Airport Services, Operations, Customer Experience, Emergency Planning, Airport Operations, Technology and Risk Management.
Captain Aaron Dean
Executive General Manager Flight Operations and Chief Pilot
Captain Aaron Dean was appointed to the position in January 2017. One of Fiji’s very own aviation professionals, Captain Dean joined Fiji Airways as a First Officer on the B737 fleet in 2000, moving as a First Officer on the B747 in 2006. He transferred back to the B737 fleet as Captain in 2007 ,and was subsequently appointed B737 Fleet Captain in 2011. He was the pioneering Fleet Captain for the Airbus A330 when Fiji Airways first introduced this aircraft to its fleet in 2013. He is also a Check and Training Captain on the A330. Captain Dean has over 12,000 flight hours, has IATA qualifications in Safety Management Systems and University of Southern California qualifications in several aviation programmes.
Senior General Manager, Airport & Inflight Services and Freight
Appointed to the position in November 2016, Watson is responsible for all the Airports in the Fiji Airways network. He is also responsible for the Freight Department. Watson brings with him over 30 years of seasoned airline experience. Within Fiji Airways he has held various management roles in Airport Operations, Freight, as well as Sales & Marketing. Watson was instrumental in setting up the company’s operations in Hong Kong and other destinations. Watson has successfully filled the General Manager, Freight role for past 3 years and has a total of 8 years’ experience in the Freight department.
Senior General Manager, Revenue Management and Airline Partnerships
Shalen Nair joined Fiji Airways in 1996 and was appointed to his current role in December 2016. He works with the Chief Strategy Officer and is responsible for all functions relating to Pricing, Revenue Management, Business Analysis, and Strategic Airline Partnerships for the Group. In the past 20 years at Fiji Airways, Shalen has worked his way up in various roles within the Finance, Commercial and Strategy Departments. Shalen holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of South Australia. He is also a product of the Fiji Airways’ Management Development Programme, from which he has a NZQA/ATTTO accredited National Diploma in Business (Aviation) and a Certificate of Management. He also holds a Diploma in Accounting Studies and Advanced Certificate in IT from University of the South Pacific.
General Manager, Safety, Security & Quality
Sharun Ali was appointed Head of the Safety, Security & Quality in December 2013. With over 17 years of airline work experience, he has spent time with Cabin Operations and since 2008 as a Quality Auditor before moving in various manager roles with Fiji Airways' Safety, Security and Compliance Department. A fully trained IATA Operational Safety Auditor, Ali completed numerous IATA Safety & Quality courses attaining Diplomas in Airline Safety Management, Airline Quality Management, and Airline Operations. He also holds an MBA (General Management) and is currently pursuing a Masters in Quality Systems. He is also a graduate and Fellow of Leadership Fiji program.
General Manager, Inflight Service Delivery
Edwin was appointed General Manager Inflight Service Delivery from 1st January 2015 and leads all aspects of inflight service delivery and strategic leadership for the Cabin Crew team. He joined the company in 2009 and previously held the role of Acting General Manager Human Resources. Edwin commenced his airline career in 2001 as a graduate trainee and held various positions in Flight Operations, Logistics, Training and Human Resources. He holds a degree in Management & Information Systems and an MBA from the University of the South Pacific, along with a Certificate in Airline Management.
General Manager, Financial Planning, Analysis & Business Support
Naomi Vuibureta was appointed General Manager Financial Planning, Analysis & Business Support from 1st January 2015 and leads all business finance partnering; financial forecasts, budgets, five year planning and strategic financial analysis and evaluations. Naomi joined the Fiji Airways Group in January 2012 as Senior Manager Financial Planning & Analysis and has quickly grasped the airline business and has been an instrumental change agent in the Finance department. She has over 10 years accounting and management experience, commencing as an auditor with KPMG Suva, moving onto Financial Controller positions in Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Limited, Digicel (Fiji) Ltd and Digicel (Vanuatu) Ltd. Naomi is a CPA (Australia) qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Financial Management and Economics from the University of the South Pacific.
General Manager, Network Planning
Appointed as GM Network Planning in November 2014, Allan is responsible for Fleet, Network and Schedule Planning and leading the airline in developing a profitable network and schedule.
He is an experienced airline executive with broad aviation business knowledge and skills gained over a period of 19 years by working in various key strategic business units of airlines and airports, including strategic planning, network development, revenue management and aviation business development. Allan started his aviation career with Qantas Airways in 1995 working in technical materials management, revenue management and network planning. He then moved to Sydney Airport Corporation Limited working in airline marketing. Prior to joining Fiji Airways, he spent 6.5 years in the GCC holding managerial roles in network planning at the Gulf carriers of Etihad Airways and Oman Air.
General Manager, Financial Control
Stuart Anderson joined Fiji Airways in May 2015. He is a qualified CIMA accountant (and holds a degree in Accountancy and Business Law) who has over 23 years aviation and its associated supply chain experience. Stuart has previously held senior finance positions at BAA plc and then Virgin Atlantic Airways for the past 12 years where and was most recently Financial Controller for the Group and its associated subsidiaries.
Stuart has extensive experience within aviation financial control environments, ranging from corporate reporting, management accounting, shared service center delivery, statutory accounting and business change management.
General Manager, Maintenance & Engineering
Appointed in August 2015, Peter Bale has been with the national airline since 1994 and has been part of Fiji’s aviation industry since 1987. Starting of as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, he worked his way up the ranks over the years and was Manager Aircraft Maintenance & Workshops prior to his current appointment in July 2015. He is one of a select few engineers in the South Pacific who can certify all aircraft types currently in the Fiji Airways Group Fleet - from the DHC-6 Twin Otters to the A330s.
General Manager, Operations Support
Pradeep joined the company in 1992 and his airline experience spans across Finance, Operations Support, Training, Airports and Business Solutions before being appointed to his current role as General Manager Operations Support in September 2015. He has held various senior managerial positions over his career to-date and previous to his current role was responsible for the company’s airline IT department as Acting GM IT. Pradeep has extensive experience within aviation, particularly Operations, which manages key focus areas of On Time Performance, external and internal Service Focus and Delivery.
General Manager, Corporate Communications
Shane joined Fiji Airways in August 2011 as Manager Public Relations and Communications, and was appointed General Manager Corporate Communications in May 2016. He is responsible for the Corporate Communications and Customer Care teams, looking after both Fiji Airways and Fiji Link. Shane has a 12-year career in journalism, media and public relations in Fiji and the Pacific. He holds a Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and International Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Management & Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific (Fiji).
General Manager, Performance and Culture Development
Anna was appointed to her new role in January 2016, after joining the airline in July 2015 as Manager Central Procurement. She was most recently General Manager: Central Procurement, Treasury, Aircraft Financing & Ownership Costs. Anna is responsible for culture development, performance improvement, manpower planning, recruitment and selection, organisation design, and productivity related projects for the Group. Anna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & International Business from Auckland University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Ecole Superierure De Commerce (France).
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Peter was appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary of Fiji Airways in August 2016. Prior to joining Fiji Airways, Peter practised law in Australia at a prominent international law firm in areas including banking & finance, commercial property, general corporate advisory and commercial litigation. Peter also served two years as the Associate to the Honourable Justice Murphy, Justice of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Peter holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws (with distinction) and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from The University of Western Australia and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and the High Court of Fiji. Peter is a member of the Aviation Law Association of Australia & New Zealand.
General Manager, Fiji Airport Services
Owen is responsible for the running of Fiji’s main airport hubs in Nadi and Nausori. He joined the reinvigorated Airports team in November in order to strengthen the Fiji Airports team and develop it as the ‘jewel in the crown.’ Owen joined Fiji Airways in July 2014 following an 18 year career in aviation spanning the areas of Ground Handling, Cabin Services, Cargo and Ramp Handling, Human Resources, Learning & Development and Safety Compliance. He has been instrumental in the setting up of our Singapore airport operations.