After British Airways and Air Astana Lloyd Paxton lands at Malev


Today at around 12.00 CET Mr Lloyd Paxton became the new CEO of Malev Hungarian Airlines. After 2 years (a long term in Malev’s life) Mr Janos Gonci left the position at Malev. He will stay with the company as a member of the board of directors.

Mr Lloyd Paxton is the former president of Air Astana, the national airline of Kazakhstan. A British national, he has been involved in creating and developing Air Astana since it started operations in 2002. He worked for British Airways for 35 years, 25 of which all over the world in many challenging countries and situations. He was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 1981 for services to British interests in Iran. He has been the managing director of a RoRo ferry company in Thailand, an aviation consultant with British Airways Speedwing, and managing director of the Menzies Aviation Group Germany GmbH. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Malev was privatized end of last year. The new owner Boris Abramovic, a well-known businessman and owner of Air Union in Russia has not started any real changes at the airline since he bought it. Apparently this step is the first milestone of a new process that will hopefully lead the airline towards profitability.

Mr Paxton is the first CEO at Malev who comes from the airline industry.

By Szafi

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2 Responses to “After British Airways and Air Astana Lloyd Paxton lands at Malev”


  1. 1 balint01 July 12, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Actually there has already been another step earlier, when the new chief financial officer has been named, Mr. Piotr Ikanowicz effective of 1 June, 2007. According to Malev’s website he “graduated as an economist. Indeed, his doctoral dissertation was entitled “Industrial policy towards aviation in the United Kingdom”. While pursuing his PhD he began working with the Polish national airline, LOT, in the development studies department (1987), and a short while later he became manager of the section. In late 1990 he was appointed financial officer of LOT, making him the youngest member of the airline management team. He held this post for more than 17 years and arrived at Malév straight from the flag carrier of Poland.” So now it looks like there are actually two airline background people in the senior management, which looks promising.


  1. 1 Lloyd Paxton Leaves Malev After Two Months, Peter Leonov Is New CEO « Airline world Trackback on September 14, 2007 at 4:16 pm

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