New CFO for Air Seychelles as Tara Murphy joins the team


(Posted 20th November 2013)

It was ‘Good Bye Shelley and Welcome Tara’ earlier this week as a key change at the top level of the Air Seychelles management took place. Shelley Cole, who arrived together with CEO Cramer Ball when Etihad bought 40 percent of the Air Seychelles shares and assumed the lead role in managing the airline, was posted to Switzerland where Etihad earlier this week had finalized the acquisition of a 33+ percent share in regional carrier Darwin as their new Chief Finance Officer, as a new management will now prepare for Darwin to be rebranded and then serve as a regional feeder airline into Etihad’s international network destinations in Switzerland.

Meanwhile did Tara Murphy join the team in Victoria and Chief Executive Cramer Ball had this to say, according to information availed to this correspondent yesterday evening, when he welcomed Tara and wished farewell to Shelley: ‘Tara’s experience in financial planning and management will be a great asset to Air Seychelles as it enters the next phase of its development. She brings valuable insight from managing cost control projects with fellow equity partner, airberlin, that will be hugely beneficial to our business’. Cramer Ball then went on to praise Shelley’s contribution since their joint arrival in the Seychelles when he added ‘Shelley has played a pivotal role in the turnaround of Air Seychelles leading many of the initiatives that delivered the airline’s US $1 million profit in only one year’.

All the best to both Shelley in his new challenging appointment in Switzerland and to Tara in the Seychelles, where she can build on two years of profitability and vastly better operating performances compared to past years. Watch this space for breaking and regular aviation news from across the Indian Ocean islands.

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