Air Mauritius confirmed (30-Aug-2012) the appointment of Appalsamy Thomas as chairman of the board and Andre Viljoen as CEO. Mr Thomas is currently Harel Mallac group head of human resources, marketing and communications and Mauritius Telecom chairman. Mr Viljoen was appointed acting CEO of the airline in Dec-2010. [more - original PR]
Air Mauritius confirms appointment of chairman and CEO
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