Board of Airline Representatives (BARSA) CEO June Crawford has announced that she will be stepping down from her role, effective 30 April 2020. She has held the position since 2014, having initially been appointed on a short-term basis, but having overseen Barsa with distinction for six years now.
Crawford departs on the back of a wish to spend more time with her family in Australia. She will continue to serve on the Board of BARSA from 1 May to support the incoming CEO, for whom the search will commence, shortly.
She had previously held positions at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and been appointed by the then Minister of Transport to the position of a non-executive director of Air Traffic and Navigation Services (2008-2012), before becoming CEO.
With an interest in corporate governance, Crawford has served on both private and public sector boards. Crawford is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, a board member of the International Women’s Forum of South Africa, chairs the Aviation Working Group of the South African Brics Business Council and is a director of Aviation Coordination Services.
"It has been my pleasure to serve the International and African member airlines of BARSA, as well as the aviation and tourism industries in a full-time capacity,” she says. “I will continue to support the Board, my successor and the team at Barsa - albeit from afar - and look forward to my regular visits back to South Africa."
Carla da Silva, Barsa chair, says that it has been a pleasure to work closely with a dynamic and seasoned professional like Crawford: "She is a woman of excellence, who is extremely passionate about aviation, tourism, corporate governance - and enabling the growth of other women.
"I am delighted that she will stay on as a Barsa board member, as her wealth of knowledge will continue to add tremendous value.
"The Barsa board and team wish to thank June for her incredible work at the helm of the organisation and for always being a proud ambassador for South Africa - and for the aviation and tourism industry."
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