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News Archive 2018


Media Announcement - 20 June 2018


Appointment of William Laudin Lamur, OBE, as a Director of PNG Air Limited and as Chairman of PNG Air’s Board of Directors


The Board of PNG Air Limited (POMSoX: CGA) announces that it appointed Mr William Laudin Lamur, OBE, as an additional Director of the Company on 19 June 2018, with that appointment becoming effective immediately.


Mr Lamur has also been elected as the Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors.


Mr Lamur has a wealth of Board experience as well as enormous experience at CEO level across various industries. Mr Lamur also brings integrity, business acumen and has well developed skills in high level strategic and corporate planning, business development, marketing and corporate governance.


Until 16 May 2018 Mr Lamur was the Group Managing Director & CEO of ENB Development Corporation Group of Companies (the business arm of the East New Britain Provincial Government), a post he held since 2013. He was previously Government Liaison officer at Newcrest Mining Limited, the General Manager, Director and Company Secretary at Origin Energy PNG Limited and held various senior positions with his first employer, Shell, including country manager in the Solomon Islands and Corporate Affairs Manager in PNG.


Mr Lamur holds the following current positions and memberships:


Member – PNG Business Council
Councillor – Institute of National Affairs
Member – PNG Institute of Directors
Chairman – National Development Bank Limited
Director – Nasfund Contributors Savings & Loan Society
Chairman – Mainland Holdings Ltd
Director – Grand Pacific Hotel – Fiji
Director – Cloud APPS Ltd
Director – Loloata Island Resort
Committee Member – PNG/Indian Business Forum
Deputy Chairman – ENB Chamber of Commerce


Mr Lamur is a member of the PNG Institute of Directors and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Technology in Business Studies from the PNG University of Technology.




Media Announcement - 25 April 2018


PNG Air’s Chief Executive Officer Changes


PNG Air’s Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Muralee Siva, has resigned as CEO of the airline after more than 5 years in the role.

Mr Siva was appointed as CEO in November 2012, and has overseen a great deal of change in the airline. Under his watch, the airline has implemented a strategy of focussing more on regular passenger transport services, become majority owned by major PNG institutions NasFund and MRDC, re-fleeted with brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft and rebranded itself as PNG Air.

Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, Murray Woo, said "Muralee believes that after more than 5 years in the role and with rebranding and the initial stage of the re-fleeting program successfully completed, it is time for him to move on, and to allow someone with a new perspective and a different set of ideas to come in and take the Company through the next stage of its development".

"The Board has been speaking for some time to Muralee about a transition, and agrees that this is the right time for it. Muralee has done an outstanding job and leaves the airline with a sound foundation to grow and prosper into the future with the ongoing support of its major shareholders."

"On behalf of the Board, the Company and NasFund and MRDC, I want to express to Muralee our appreciation of his outstanding efforts and contribution. I sincerely thank him for his dedication to the Company, and for the skills, experience and acumen he has brought to it," said Mr Woo.

Mr Woo announced that in the interim before appointment of a permanent CEO, the Company’s Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Abbot, will be the acting CEO. Mr Abbot joined the Company as Manager Sales & Distribution in January 2011, and became the Chief Commercial Officer in October 2013. In that role he has been responsible for the airline increasing its RPT sales by 18% year on year since 2012, and for the airline achieving its highest ever total revenue in 2017.




Media Announcement - 12 March 2018


PNG Air Branding Scoops Top Award


PNG Air’s rebranding program launched in November 2015 has been recognised by the 2018 REBRAND 100® Global Awards.


“Every 2 years the Rebrand Awards nominates 5 companies which have demonstrated excellence in rebranding both in terms of strategy and execution,” said Paul Abbot, PNG Air’s Chief Commercial Officer. “The 5 nominees are chosen from all around the world, and we’re delighted to announce that PNG Air was one the top 5 at the most recent awards, along with Hewlett Packard, Coty Inc, Cadillac and Bhutan Tourism.”


“The award recognises the work done to develop a distinctive image and one that reflects the proud PNG focus we have for the airline. Having design elements from around the country as key images on the livery and uniform design has meant that people from all around PNG can identify more closely with the airline. This goes hand in hand with our company being owned by a great range of Papua New Guineans, through the majority shareholdings of Nasfund and the MRDC group in the airline,” added Mr Abbot.