Board of Directors
Nico Bezuidenhout, Chief Executive Officer
Nico Bezuidenhout joined fastjet as CEO on 1 August 2016, bringing years of low-cost airline expertise and invaluable market knowledge to the company.
Prior to working with fastjet, Nico was CEO of Mango Airlines, the highly successful low-cost subsidiary of South African Airways. Nico worked with Mango for ten years from its inception, and grew it into a major player in the South African domestic air travel market, with a 25 percent market share and a fleet of 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
During this time, Nico has also acted twice as CEO of South African Airways itself during interim periods, guiding the company through transitions in leadership and developing its long-term strategy. He was also involved in launching SAA’s e-commerce and electronic ticketing.
Before taking on the African aviation business, Nico founded South Africa’s first and most recognised e-ticketing service, Ticketweb.
Michael Muller, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Muller was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 15 May 2017 having joined the Company in November 2016. He has over 10 years’ experience in the aviation sector.
Michael held various roles within South African Airways including Head of Management Accounting and Reporting and as Chief Financial Officer and director of Air Chefs, a subsidiary of South African Airways. Post South African Airways and prior to joining fastjet, Michael was the financial director of a private defence company.
Michael has gained invaluable experience in turning around companies during his various roles.
Michael is a qualified Charted Accountant, and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Rashid Wally, Non-Executive Chairman
Rashid Wally was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman with effect from 1 April 2017. Mr Wally was previously the Chairman and member of the Audit Committee of South African low-cost carrier Mango Airlines (SOC) Ltd.
In addition to his airline experience, Mr Wally has a track record spanning over 38 years in the information technology sector having held various senior executive positions with IBM in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and Lenovo in Africa.
He is highly regarded for his corporate turnaround experience, having successfully completed many restructuring projects in his previous roles. Mr Wally also has significant corporate governance expertise which will benefit fastjet as it continues to expand and develop.
Robert Burnham, Non-Executive Director
Robert Burnham has been a non-executive director of the Company since May 2006. Rob has held a variety of executive director and senior management positions in a number of listed companies both in the UK and USA.
He has undertaken lead roles in substantial merger and acquisition transactions and, as Chairman, led a flotation on the London AIM market. He currently operates as a Management Consultant advising businesses on building enterprise value through profitable growth and staff professional development.
Peter Hyde, Non-Executive Director
Peter Hyde joined the board as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee on 24 March, 2017.
Mr Hyde brings extensive financial and UK corporate expertise to the Board, having spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry including extensively covering the transport and aviation sectors as a research analyst.
Mr Hyde also has significant industry experience, having previously served as CEO of easyBus and having held senior project management roles at National Express. Mr Hyde is an independent Non-Executive Director and not a representative of the easyGroup.