New man to head Caribbean Airlines’ Jamaica operations
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Thursday, May 24, 2012 – Still reeling from the US$38 million loss suffered by its Air Jamaica subsidiary in 2011, Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) has brought on Clive Forbes as the new man in charge of its Jamaica operations.
Forbes replaces Will Rodgers, who has been acting general manager at the airline since February 2011.
Forbes comes to Caribbean Airlines with an extensive background in general management, business development, sales, marketing and operations. The new airline boss also worked for many years at several large Jamaican and Caribbean-based corporations in the fields of, telecommunications, food and beverage and transportation (maritime).
His last position before joining CAL was as general manager of The Caribbean Shipping Association.
In announcing his appointment, CAL stated that: “With a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Project Management certification from the University of New Orleans, Forbes’s management skills and diverse experience are the right mix to accelerate the growth and development of the airline.”
Recently, Trinidad and Tobago Transport Minister Devant Maharaj revealed to the media that he had specifically requested Air Jamaica's director Dennis Lalor to look at ways to reduce expenditure with respect to Air Jamaica's operational costs.
He also disclosed that he would be travelling to Jamaica in the near future to meet with his Jamaican counterpart to discuss "synergies" that could be used to improve the profit position of the airline.