Air Malta gets new executive chair

MAPFRE MSV Life

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

David G. Curmi was named as the new executive chairperson of Air Malta by the Finance Ministry on Monday.

Air Malta was passed under the portfolio of new Finance Minister Clyde Caruana following a recent reshuffle by Prime Minister Robert Abela who removed the national airline from the Economy Minister’s portfolio.

Curmi’s appointment will come into effect on 1 January 2021 and he be replacing former Labour politician Charles Mangion.

The new chairman has several years of experience in public and private entities, and is a financial services professional and corporate executive. He serves as the chief executive officer of MAPFRE MSV Life p.l.c. and sits on the boards of a number of companies, including MAPFRE Middlesea p.l.c., MIDI p.l.c., Plaza Centres p.l.c. and Growth Investments Ltd.

He is also chairperson of the Board of Governors of the National Development and Social Fund and a member of the Board of the Doctoral School at the University of Malta.

Curmi has served as the president of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, as well as the Chairperson of TradeMalta Ltd. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the United Kingdom and a Chartered Insurer.

Finance Minister Clyde Caruana acknowledged that the national airline is facing a number of major challenges which are exacerbated due to coronavirus.

“I believe Mr Curmi can bring about a fresh impetus to the airline in order to consolidate the areas where it has performed, and improve the areas where it hasn’t,” Caruana said.

The Finance Minister remarked that Air Malta is a key strategic asset for Malta and employs hundreds of people. He thanked the outgoing chairperson.