Bahrain's Gulf Air appoints former Croatian Airlines boss as CEO

Kresimir Kucko replaces Maher Salman Al Musallam who stepped down in June
Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, chairman of Gulf Air’s board, of directors, pictured with Kresimir Kucko, new CEO of Gulf Air.
By Staff writer
Mon 13 Nov 2017 09:15 AM

Bahrain’s Gulf Air has appointed former Croatia Airlines chief Krešimir Kučko as its new CEO.

Kučko resigned as CEO of Croatia’s national carrier last month, and he replaces Maher Salman Al Musallam, who stepped down from his position in June.

Bahraini Al Musallam successfully reduced the airline’s debts by 88 percent during his tenure as CEO.

Kučko left Croatia Airlines in late October after 25 years with the carrier.

Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani, chairman of Gulf Air’s board of directors said: “He (Kučko) brings with him exceptional industry knowledge that I am confident will add considerable value to our business and I look forward to the journey ahead for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier.”

He joins the airline’s recently appointed deputy CEO, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, at a significant time in the airline’s history as it prepares to receive a new fleet consisting of 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircraft, due for delivery commencing in early 2018.

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