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Cathay Pacific Appoints Country Manager for South Africa

Cathay Pacific has appointed Ashish Kapur as the Country Manager for South Africa and the airline’s Indian Ocean regions, taking over from Rakesh Raicar as of September 2017. Locally he will be responsible for all aspects of the business from a commercial and operational level. 

Kapur brings over 17 years of experience to the role, having initially joined Cathay Pacific as a Manager on Duty in 2001 and eventually being appointed Regional Manager of Cargo in 2010, overseeing South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In 2014, he was promoted to the role of Country Manager for the UAE and Oman.

“Cathay Pacific looks forward to welcoming Mr Kapur on board as an integral part of the team in South Africa,” says Karlene Barkley, marketing and sales manager of Southern Africa, Indian Ocean Islands “His experience in the global travel and aviation industries will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable asset for the airline and its core business objectives for the region.”

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Delhi University and is currently based in Johannesburg with his wife and two children.

About Cathay Pacific: Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to more than 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of 140 wide-body aircraft. The airline offers exceptional service and world-beating products on the ground and in the air – including its multiple-award-winning long-haul Business Class. Cathay Pacific has made substantial investments to develop Hong Kong as one of the world’s leading global transportation hubs. Cathay Pacific was named the safest airline in the world in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the Jet Airline Crash Data Evaluation Centre.

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