Aviation: Sean Mendis leaves Africa World Airlines AWA after the end of contract

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The Chief Operations Officer (COO), of Africa World Airlines, Sean Mendis is set to leave the airline after two years of exemplary service to the airline.

Mendis who led the airline to enviable heights in the aviation industry in Ghana and across West Africa, since he assumed the role of Chief Operations Officer in August 2018 says he will be leaving the carrier at the end of October after the expiration of his contract.

The Outgoing COO in a message to Stakeholders stated that Capt. Kwasi Oteng, will be functioning in that capacity after his exit from the company.

He said: “When I returned to AWA as Chief Operations Officer in August 2018, I signed up for a 2 year commitment. Back then, nobody could have foreseen any of the chaos that we would encounter during this period. Yet today, I can confidently say that the worst is behind us (at least in West Africa) and we are firmly on the road to recovery. After consultation with the Board and the Executives over the past weeks, we have agreed that the time is right for me to head back home to Malawi next month. An old Asian proverb claims that “it is better to be a dog in times of peace than to be a human in times of chaos”.

For the last few months, I have been the human in times of chaos. Now is the time to be a dog in times of peace.

“From a practical standpoint, not much will change when I exit the organisation. We will transition executive oversight of the departments under me to Capt. Kwasi Oteng, but the HODs will continue to operate as before. I will continue to operate as normal until the end of October.”

“I do not intend to take up a formal role elsewhere for the immediate future, but I am open to consulting or short-medium term project roles while I am based out of Malawi. I will continue to be active on social media, and without the need to choose my words carefully for diplomatic reasons, I’m sure I will ruffle a few feathers!

Sean saw to the Great Operations and rise of AWA to prominence in West Africa. AWA became the most on time Airline in West Africa. It won the Award of the best Airline in West Africa at Accra Weizo event last Year.

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