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PAL appoints new president

THE country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced that Capt. Stanley K. Ng, its Senior Vice President for Airline Operations, has been appointed as the Company’s new President and Chief Operating Officer, in an Acting or Officer-in-Charge (OIC) capacity. The appointment was made after the end of Gilbert F. Santa Maria’s engagement as President and COO following the recent successful completion of the Chapter 11 restructuring.

In a statement issued by PAL Management, the Board expressed its gratitude to Mr. Santa Maria for his steady stewardship of the Company over the last two and a half years. The former President and COO will continue to make himself available to assist in the leadership transition over the next few weeks. The Board expressed full trust and confidence in Capt. Ng, as well as in its senior management team which remains intact, as the nation’s flag carrier looks to maintain the momentum toward full recovery.

PAL spokesperson Ma.Cielo Villaluna said that Capt. Ng is an Airbus A320 commander and is the first pilot to assume the presidency of PAL since the early 1960s. He brings to the job a wealth of experience in the airline industry. He started as a member of the flag carrier’s on-ground staff in 2003 before training at the PAL Aviation School. He started flying in 2008 as a Second Officer and rose up the ranks until he was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2019 in charge of the airline’s internationally-respected pilots and cabin crew, as well as operational airport and engineering teams.

Villaluna said that Capt. Ng recently completed an Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School. He took up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Computer Applications at the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. (Baby Cuevas)


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