Major changes at Rex as carrier shuffles management ranks

Long-serving members of the growing carrier now find themselves in new roles led by the departure of its esteemed Chairman, writes MATT LENNON

Veteran Rex Executive Chairman Lim Kim Hai has stepped down from his role at the helm of the airline after 21 years as part of a significant management shakeup.

In his place comes John Sharp AM, who steps up to the role of Non-Executive Chairman from his position as Deputy Chairman, a role he has held for the past 20 years.

At the same time, the carrier has installed Neville Howell as its new Chief Executive Officer, who will take the reins of the company on a day-to-day basis.

Howell has been with Rex for the past 34 years, of which 12 of those years were with the airline’s predecessor Hazelton Airlines, promoted from his most recent position as Rex Chief Operating Officer.

Kim Hai will retain his shareholding in the company however will no longer be involved in the daily running of the airline, however will continue to serve on the airline’s board as a Non-Executive Director.

All other staff at the airline will remain in their current roles, with no changes to the company’s operations or services.

Sharp paid tribute to Kim Hai for his decades of service evolving Rex from a small regional player to a major conduit connecting both Australia both on a regional and interstate basis.

“Kim Lai has given extraordinary service to the Rex Group during his time as Executive Chairman,” Sharp said.

“The company has grown from a small regional operator to one of the major aviation businesses in Australia today.

“On behalf of all of us at Rex, I would like to extend our thanks to him for his leadership and huge effort over the many years he has led the company.”

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