Second Cargolux boss quit

28 / 01 / 2014

  • Robert van de Weg (left), Cargolux's former senior vice-president, sales and marketing and Peter van de Pas (right),  former chief of operations

    Robert van de Weg (left), Cargolux's former senior vice-president, sales and marketing and Peter van de Pas (right), former chief of operations

TWO key executives at cargo airline Cargolux have walked out, following the handover of control of the business to a Chinese shareholder.

Highly experienced head of sales, Robert van de Weg, and chief of operations, Peter van de Pas, have both handed in their resignations in the space of a few days.

Their decision to leave came after an agreement was struck to hand over control of Cargolux to Chinese company Henan Civil Aviation and Investment (HNCA).

HNCA has purchased the 35 per cent share owned by the Luxembourg government.Their departures are being put down to differences over future strategy.

Peter van de Pas, senior vice-president, chief operating officer and member of the Cargolux executive committee, has resigned from the company, effective March 31, 2014.

Having joined Cargolux in this capacity in January 2009 from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, his departure follows close on the heels of the resignation of colleague, sales and marketing chief, Robert van de Weg, who had been with Cargolux for 14 years.

There is believed to be widespread discontent over the Luxembourg government’s decision to sell its 35 per cent stake in Cargolux to the Chinese investor.