LIAT announces new board of directors

LIAT has announced the appointment of eight directors who will join former Prime Minister of Barbados, Owen Arthur, whose selection as chairman of the board was revealed last weekend.

The new board directors are Michael Holder, Mark Maloney, Robert Riley, Juanita Thorington-Powlett, Isaac Solomon, Carolyn Tonge, Lennox Weston and Sir Robin Yearwood, the regional airline said via a statement.

The appointments were made at the company’s annual general meeting on December 16, 2019.

New chairman of LIAT, Owen Arthur

Arthur, who currently serves as a professor at the University of the West Indies, succeeds Jean Holder who retired in December 2019 after 16 years as director and chairman.  

He served as Barbados’ Prime Minister for almost 15 years, up to September 2008, and was instrumental in revising the Treaty of Chaguaramas which established the Caribbean Single Market and Economy, LIAT said.

Chief among his initial tasks is to meet with regional prime ministers to discuss sustainability of the cash-strapped airline.

His appointment was announced by Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, on his radio station last weekend. At the time, Brown said “Owen Arthur would have spent a large amount of his prime ministerial equity ensuring the survival of LIAT, and now that it is at the crossroads again, I think that Owen is the right person to lead LIAT out of these difficulties.”

Antigua owns 34 per cent of LIAT with Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and ST Vincent and the Grenadines being the other shareholders.

LIAT currently employs approximately 600 people and flies to more than fifteen countries in the region.