(29 Apr 2021)
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has appointed Anko van der Werff as President and CEO, effective 15 July 2021 at the latest.
The airline has also appointed Karl Sandlund, CCO,
as acting President and CEO, effective immediately.
Rickard Gustafson will hand over to the acting CEO
Anko is a 45-year-old Dutch national who has
enjoyed an outstanding career in the global airline industry. He
currently leads the airline group at Avianca Holdings in Colombia.
“I am very honored to be the new CEO of SAS,” Anko
said. “SAS is the leading carrier of Scandinavia with a strong
brand and a proud aviation history which has been of great
importance for connecting the region domestically and with the
rest of the world. I’m also thrilled to be returning to
Scandinavia. I have very fond memories of my four years here, both
from a professional perspective but also as a family since our
oldest two children were born here. I am looking forward to
continuing the excellent sustainability journey that SAS has
started and that I believe will be instrumental for transforming
the airline industry. I am eager to getting to know the team, the
different stakeholders and to get started. It is no secret that
Covid-19 has impacted the entire aviation industry, but SAS has a
strong foundation to build upon and I am sure that by working
together between all stakeholders, SAS will come out stronger.”
Prior to joining Avianca, Anko worked as Executive Vice
President & Chief Commercial Officer of AeroMexico and before
that was SVP Pricing & Revenue Mgt at Qatar Airways. He has
also worked with Air France and KLM.
Anko speaks fluent Dutch, English and Spanish, and
has a basic understanding of
Italian, French and Swedish.
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