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Vietnam Airlines names Duong Tri Thanh as new President and CEO 

Duong Tri Thanh, Vietnam Airlines President and CEO 
SkyTeam member Vietnam Airlines has announced the appointment of Mr Duong Tri Thanh as the national flag carrier’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 June 2016. Mr Thanh takes over the position from Dr Pham Ngoc Minh, who has assumed the role of Chairman after a highly successful eight year Presidency during which he oversaw a transformative period of growth and expansion for the company.

A member of the Board of Management at Vietnam Airlines, and Chairman of the Board of Jetstar Pacific Airlines, since 2012, Mr Thanh has demonstrated passion and acumen in contributing to the development of Vietnam Airlines since joining the company in 1990. Most recently, he spearheaded the implementation of a programme to upgrade the airline’s service levels to international four-star standards, and also led a restructuring of Jetstar Pacific Airlines which strengthened its performance and delivered profitability for the first time - its best business performance in the 24 years since the company was established.  

Commenting on his plans and priorities, Mr Thanh said “I am honoured to have been appointed as President and CEO, and privileged to take responsibility for leading Vietnam Airlines towards its goal of becoming one of the leading global airlines in Asia. Together with the Ministry of Transport, Vietnam Airlines’ General Assembly of Shareholders and the airline’s Management Board, I have set specific targets for the period 2016-2020, with particular focus on three key objectives: Safety, Quality and Efficiency. I am also looking forward to building on the strategic partnership with our new foreign shareholder ANA Holdings.”

Mr Thanh began his career at Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation, part of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam, in 1983, before joining Vietnam Airlines in 1990. He was appointed to the role of General Manager South Branch in 2004, and became Executive Vice President in 2008 – a role he held for eight years until being named as the new President and CEO.

Mr Thanh was born in Hanoi in 1961, graduating from the Foreign Trade University in 1983 and from the Vietnam Aviation Academy in 1985, completing the MSc program of Air Transport Management at Cranfield University, UK in 1993.

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