Air Malta CEO Louis Giordimaina resigns

Air Malta CEO Louis Giordimaina resigns after eight months

Air Malta CEO Louis Giodimaina has tendered his resignation, with sources saying that he quit “for personal reasons.”

However, it is thought that the former Air Malta chief engineer, who only returned to the national airline as chief executive in early November, clashed with the new Air Malta chairman Maria Micallef, who was appointed in July.

Giordimaina has over 36 years' experience in the aviation industry, having joined Air Malta' engineering department in 1975 as an aircraft engineer.

He occupied various positions in the engineering department with additional active roles in the airline strategic planning, aircraft purchasing, sale and leasing as well as contract negotiations. In 1994 he was appointed the first Maltese chief engineer of the national airline.

Moreover, he was instrumental in the setting-up Lufthansa Technik Malta, a joint venture between Lufthansa Tecknik and Air Malta, of which he was appointed CEO in 2002. He occupied this role until 2011 after which he was retained as director of the company until September 2013.

In 2006 he also spearheaded Lufthansa Technik Malta's expansion, which saw the construction of new hangers and facilities. After this expansion, the company increased its local workforce from 140 to 600 to become one of the major worldwide Maintenance and Repair Organisation (MRO) players, based in the centre of the Mediterranean.

In 2008 he was appointed chairman of the Water Services Corporation and in November 2011 he was appointed executive chairman of Enemalta.

An aircraft engineer by profession, Giordimaina also read business management at Warwick University, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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