OSLO, NORWAY (DECEMBER 4, 2019) – Norwegian Air, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline, has appointed Marty St. George as the interim Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) following changes in the company’s top management team. St. George has extensive experience in the aviation industry including a recent position as CCO of JetBlue Airways.
CCO of Norwegian, Helga Bollmann Leknes, has decided to leave the company after two years, following changes in Norwegian’s top management team. Though offered another position in the Group management team, Ms. Bollman has decided to pursue opportunities outside of the company. Bollmann Leknes joined Norwegian in 2017 as Chief Human Resources Officer and took on the additional responsibility as Chief Commercial Officer in November 2018.
"I am grateful for Helga Bollmann Leknes’ contributions to Norwegian, both as Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer. I regret that she has decided to pursue other opportunities outside of Norwegian,” said Acting CEO of Norwegian, Geir Karlsen.
"It has been a great experience to be part of the Norwegian team and I’m grateful for all the opportunities that particularly Bjørn Kjos (former CEO) has given me. Now it’s time for me to explore new adventures. I wish Norwegian and all the great people at the company all the best,” said Helga Bollmann Leknes.
Marty St. George will now take on the position for an interim period. St. George has more than 30 years of experience from the aviation industry and until recently held the position as CCO at JetBlue Airways. In addition, he has held key positions at United Airlines and US Airways, including responsibilities for revenue-generating activities, network management and innovation.
“I am very pleased that Marty St. George will be joining Norwegian. Strengthening our commercial position in key markets and increasing our revenue-generating activities are key elements in our strategy of returning to profitability. I am convinced that St. George with his extensive experience from several of the biggest U.S. airlines will be an asset to Norwegian,” said Karlsen.
Norwegian is the world’s fifth largest low-cost airline and carried over 37 million passengers in 2018. The airline operates more than 500 routes to over 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, North and South America. Norwegian has a fleet of more than 162 aircraft, with an average age of 3.8 years, making it one of the world’s youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets.
Norwegian has been named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) twice. Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline’ by passengers for six consecutive years at the SkyTrax World Airline Awards 2013-2019, along with being named the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline’ for the past five years. Norwegian employs more than 11,000 people worldwide.