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AASA Chairperson steps down

December 3, 2020

Dear Members,

On 30 November 2020, Ms Wrenelle Stander, Chairperson of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), announced that she would be stepping down from her position of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Comair Limited with immediate effect. Wrenelle has accordingly stepped down as Chairperson and Director of AASA. Mr Elmar Conradie, Chief Executive of Flysafair, the Deputy Chairperson of AASA, has agreed to step in as Acting Chairperson of AASA. AASA held its Board and Executive Committee meeting on 1 December 2020 and its General Business Meeting on 2 December 2020, and Elmar chaired both meetings. In the first quarter of 2021, we shall go through the process of filling the position vacated by Wrenelle.   
    I wish to thank Wrenelle for her leadership, guidance, support and assistance to the AASA team throughout her tenure. She was elected Deputy Chairperson of AASA at our AGM in Reunion in October 2019, took over as Acting Chairperson in April 2020 following the departure of Ms Zuks Ramasia from SAA, and was then elected as Chairperson at the AASA AGM on 8 October 2020. Her commitment to AASA was sincerely appreciated. We wish Wrenelle and her family the very best for the future.
    You will be aware that since 5 May 2020, Comair has been in Business Rescue, and following due process, a new Investor Consortium was appointed and has taken over the leadership of Comair Limited. We welcome back Mr Glenn Orsmond as Chief Executive Officer and his team to the industry, and look forward to continuing working with Comair as one of our valued members as their operations re-commence in December 2020. We are also pleased to welcome Glenn as a member of the AASA Executive Committee effective 1 December 2020. 

Chris Zweigenthal,