Cathay Pacific Airways CEO Rupert Hogg resigns amid mounting Chinese scrutiny


Posted at Aug 16 2019 05:31 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2019 06:59 PM

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER plane lands at Hong Kong airport after it reopened following clashes between police and protesters, in Hong Kong, China August 14, 2019. Thomas Peter, Reuters

HONG KONG (UPDATE) — Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said CEO Rupert Hogg had resigned and named Augustus Tang as the new chief, following a week of scrutiny by the Chinese aviation regulator that has hurt its reputation in the mainland.

Tang was the head of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company, which like Cathay is managed by Swire Pacific Ltd.

The airline said Paul Loo had resigned as chief customer and commercial officer, to be replaced by Ronald Lam, head of its low-cost arm Hong Kong Express.

Cathay Chairman John Slosar said recent events had called into question Cathay's commitment to flight safety and security and put its reputation and brand under pressure.

"This is regrettable as we have always made safety and security our highest priority," he said in a statement. "We therefore think it is time to put a new management team in place who can reset confidence and lead the airline to new heights."

Hogg said these had been "challenging weeks" for the airline and it was right for Loo and him to take responsibility as leaders of the company.

Hogg's resignation was first announced by Chinese state television CCTV.