LIAT CEO Calls It Quits

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Ian Brunton, Liat CEO
News Americas, ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Mon. Sept. 16, 2013: The Chief Executive Officer of embattled Caribbean airline, LIAT has called it quits.

Captain Ian Brunton reportedly handed in his resignation, Prime Minister of St Vincent & the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, confirmed.

“I have been advised that he has given notice because under the contract I think he has to give three months notice,” Gonsalves said.

Brunton, a former chief executive of Trinidad & Tobago state owned Caribbean Airlines Ltd. (CAL) was appointed CEO of the Antigua-based Leeward Island Air Transport (LIAT) on August 1, 2012.

Brunton has been leading a US $100 million re-fleeting process from ageing Dash-8 aircraft to ATR’s – which is designed to help move the airline back into profit by lowering maintenance and fuel costs.

His resignation comes amid three letters calling for “heads to roll” by Dominica hotelier Gregor Nassief.

LIAT’s three main shareholder governments are Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and St Vincent & the Grenadines.