TOKYO MARCH 17: To take responsibility for a series of incidents that have drawn reprimands from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Japanese aviation regulators, Japan Airlines today announced a reshuffle of top management positions. These moves supercede top management changes announced March 10.
Toshiyuki Shinmachi, currently president of Japan Airlines Corporation, the JAL Group holding company, will now take over the presidency of Japan Airlines International and Japan Airlines Domestic from April 1st in addition to his existing post.
On March 10, Shinmachi was designated JAL Group C.E.O., subject to the approval of the general meeting of stockholders in June. This move will be brought forward to April 1st.
ISAO KANEKO - JAL GROUP CHAIRMAN & C.E.O. - STEPS DOWN
Isao Kaneko, JAL Group chairman and C.E.O. will assume the post of chairman of the executive committee from April 1st, stepping down as JAL Group chairman and C.E.O. He will also resign as chairman of JAL International
Mr Kaneko became president of Japan Airlines in June 1998 and in October 2002 was appointed C.E.O. of Japan Airlines System Corporation, the JAL Group holding company established to supervise the integration of Japan Airlines and Japan Air Systems. After the integration of the two airlines was completed in April 2004, Mr. Kaneko became C.E.O. and chairman of the newly created JAL Group, and concurrently chairman of two new airlines, Japan Airlines International and Japan Airlines Domestic.
Katsuo Haneda, now president of Japan Airlines International, will become executive vice president of the three main JAL Group companies from April 1st. These are JAL Corporation, JAL International and JAL Domestic.
The current president of JAL Domestic, Mitsuo Komatsubara, will remain on the board as a senior vice president and will retire in June.
Other changes are the demotion of Takenori Matsumoto, representative director and senior managing direcetor in the three JAL companies, to managing director. Hidekazu Nishizuka, executive vice president of Japan Airlines Corporation and JAL International moves down to senior managing director.
The four cases were:
Use of inappropriate parts in a 747 freighter landing gear
Violation of ATC instructions at Incheon Airport, Korea (JL 954 March 11)
Operating a flight with disarmed emergency slides (JAL 1021 March 16)
Violation of ATC instructions at Shin Chitose Airport, Japan (JAL 1036 January 16)
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