Under just-announced organisational restructuring by Cathay Pacific CEO Augustus Tang, more female and Chinese will hold top-level positions at Hong Kong's flagship carrier.
A Cathay Pacific spokesperson confirmed yesterday that Patricia Hwang will be the director of people and Lavinia Lau will be the commercial director – the first time two females will hold the most senior positions at the airline.
Cathay will also create a top-level position overseeing its cargo business, currently its main revenue driver.
This is not the first time Cathay has made an effort to build a more inclusive leadership team.
In August 2019, Mandy Ng was appointed as HK Express' first female CEO, while Augustus Tang was appointed to head up the Cathay Pacific Group.Together with Cathay Dragon's CEO Algernon Yau, all three Cathay Pacific-run airlines are headed by Chinese.
Yau will remain as CEO of Cathay Dragon for a short period to oversee the carrier's contribution to the company-wide restructuring, despite an earlier plan to retire in July. Yau's another role as director of service delivery will pass to Alex McGowan, who is currently general manager of the aircrew at Cathay Pacific Airways. Liza Ng will take over the responsibility of overseeing the group's subsidiary business units.
The story was first reported by SCMP.