Christoph Mueller, the recently-appointed CEO of Malaysia Airlines, will step down from his role on 1 September 2016.
A German national, Mueller was officially appointed in May 2015, following his previous role at Aer Lingus. He was tasked with reviving the fortunes of the struggling national carrier, which was losing money even before it was hit by the tragedies of flights MH370 and MH17. But Mueller has now requested to cut short his three-year contract.
“Unfortunately, personal circumstances will make it difficult for me to complete my full term,” he said.
Under his tenure, Malaysia Airlines made the transition to a new company structure, embarked on a major cost-cutting plan, and entered into a major codeshare partnership with Emirates.
Mueller will remain as a non-executive director of Malaysia Airlines, while Peter Bellew, the airline’s chief operating officer, has now been named as an executive director.