Posted on: 13 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
Although he will remain in post until a new CEO is appointed and stay at the company in an advisory capacity for an agreed period of time to assist with the handover, Ed Winter has decided to step down as fastjet’s CEO.
“Over the past four years, Ed has made significant and sustained progress towards fastjet’s goal of becoming Africa’s first true low-cost pan-African airline. Despite being confronted with numerous challenges, Ed has succeeded in successfully opening hubs in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, providing multiple domestic services, and has won international rights to fly from Tanzania to South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Malawi,” remarked chairman of fastjet, Colin Child. “Recent approval to operateflights to and within Kenya is also a major step forward in growing the airline’s route network.
“The Board is enormously grateful to Ed for his leadership and expertise in launching fastjet and the pivotal role he has played in fastjet’s development. He leaves with our very best wishes.”
“I feel privileged to have had this unique and exciting opportunity to lead an incredible team in changing the face of African aviation,” added Ed Winter. “I am particularly pleased to have achieved the very significant launch of flights to Kenya this week, a milestone that I believe signals a major change in fastjet’s ability to grow.
“We have built a great platform from which the company can achieve its vision of being the first significant pan-African low-cost airline. Following four intensive years of work and overseas travel, I am looking forward to spending more time on my other personal and professional interests. Once the handover process is complete, I look forward to watching fastjet's continued progress,” Winter concluded.