Wrenelle will be stepping into the role immediately, replacing former joint-CEO Glenn Orsmond.
Comair has announced the appointment of aviation industry veteran Wrenelle Stander as its new group CEO with immediate effect.
In November 2018, she joined Comair Limited as the executive director: Airline Business Unit, running the airline assets: British Airways, as part of a licence agreement, and kulula.com, South Africa’s first low-fare airline. On 31 July 2019, Wrenelle assumed the role of joint-CEO at Comair with Glenn Orsmond.
Glenn has been appointed as the CEO of Comair’s Airline Division.
About the change in management, group chairman Lindsay Ralphs said:
“The joint-CEO structure introduced a few months back has been discontinued and these appointments should ensure better performance and efficiency in a very competitive airline industry.”
She has more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation and energy industries. Her previous posts include that of MD of the Air Traffic and Navigation Services Company. She was also deputy CEO of the South African Civil Aviation Authority and director general at the Department of Transport. She has more recently held a number of senior roles at Sasol.
She also has extensive board experience at Comair, having previously served as an independent, non-executive director from 2008 to 2016. She currently serves as a director on the boards of the Sishen Iron Ore Company and Christel House. She holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University in the UK, and a BA honours degree from the University of Cape Town.
The changes in Comair’s management come shortly after the resignation of its CFO Kirsten King.