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Air Seychelles names new chief financial officer

Air Seychelles has appointed Abdulmohsen Al Sayegh as its new chief financial officer, replacing Tara Murphy who has returned to a senior role at Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi.

The national airline made the announcement about the change in its senior management team in a communiqué released yesterday.

New chief financial officer Abdulmohsen Al Sayegh is a senior member of Etihad Airways’ finance team and has extensive experience working for Etihad Airways in the United Arab Emirates and across the world.

The 34-year-old finance professional was most recently based in Germany with Etihad Airways, with responsibility as area finance manager to oversee the airline’s operations in Ireland, Belgium, Turkey and Cyprus.

Manoj Papa, Air Seychelles’ chief executive, said: “We welcome Abdulmohsen to Air Seychelles as our new chief financial officer at an important time in the evolution of the airline. We are about to start non-stop flights to Paris and deepen our regional network. The leadership role in finance is important to ensure that, while we grow, we maintain our focus on our mandate of profitability.”

Mr Papa also thanked Tara Murphy for her leadership and commitment to excellence in all aspects of the finance function, including reporting, procurement, project management, governance and IT during her term at Air Seychelles.

“Tara’s contribution to the business of Air Seychelles has been significant in driving profitability and business improvement. We wish her well as she embarks on the next step of her career with Etihad Aviation Group,” added Mr Papa.

Mr Al Sayegh joined Etihad Airways as senior financial controller in 2008 and moved to the Sydney office in Australia three years later, following a promotion to senior finance manager. That same year, he was named best Emirati finance employee at Etihad Airways’ annual employee awards in recognition of his significant contribution to the airline.

Mr Al Sayegh said: “I am pleased to join the Air Seychelles team to support the next important stage of its development. My work in international finance roles will help me in tackling the challenges ahead and ensuring we are focused on managing costs and building revenue.”

The chief financial officer is appointed by Etihad Airways, in consultation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport and chairman, Joël Morgan, under the terms of its five-year management agreement.

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