From : Tourismupdate.co.za
By : Jeanette Phillips
14 March 2012
Rodney James, CEO of 1time Airline, has confirmed his resignation as both CEO of the airline and from the board of directors of 1time as an executive director.
James has resigned with immediate effect, and Blacky Komani will take over the reigns as airline CEO, in addition to his position as 1time Holdings Group CEO.
“As one of the founding members of 1time, Rodney has been an integral part of the airline’s management for the last eight years and it will be sad to see him go. We will miss his guidance and contribution to the airline industry but wish him the very best in his future endeavours and have no doubt that he will find success in whatever he chooses to pursue,” said Komani.
“It’s time for me to move on,” James told Tourism Update. “It’s been eight years. It’s been an amazing journey – some of the best and toughest times. But I’m so proud of the legacy and the brand that my team has built. There are always going to be initial concerns when a change such as this takes place but 1time is such a strong brand and there is an amazing management team in place. Business will carry on.”
When asked what the future holds for him, James said he plans to take a break from the aviation and travel industry for a few months and help his children start their own businesses. “I’m more of an entrepreneur. I’m not a corporate guy and 1time is not a small airline anymore.” However, he hasn’t ruled out a return to the travel industry and doing what he loves. “As they say, the aviation industry gets into your blood. So let’s see…”
“The board also regretfully accepted the resignation of Michael Kaminski, the airline’s chief information officer. He will be emigrating to Australia,” said Komani.
Kaminski will remain in a consultancy capacity and will assist the board with finding a suitable replacement