ATNS appoints acting CEO

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) board of directors has appointed Thomas Kgokolo as interim chief executive officer (CEO). 

Kgokolo, a member of the board’s audit and risk committee, will occupy the seat while the recruitment process for a full-time appointment unfolds. 

Board chairperson Simphiwe Thobela said Kgokolo’s exceptional qualities made him the most ideal candidate to lead ATNS. 

“The first is his concern for safety and his vision on how it may be addressed within the industry. He is quite frank about how performance-based targets can be achieved. Secondly, he has shown extreme respect and compassion in what he does and expects to be done.

“Always courteous and willing to learn, he is a man of great integrity. Once these specific traits are evident in an individual, it means that a good and perfect choice has been made”.  

Kgokolo is a Chartered Accountant and holds a MBA degree from the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences, a B Compt Honours and B Com Degree in Accounting Sciences from UNISA and University of Pretoria, respectively. 

In a media statement, the ATNS said it has and continues to make strides in the global aviation industry. This was through its product and service offerings and its clear intent in becoming a key component of a continental collective that is striving for safer African skies. 

“As part of an accelerated journey into the digitised and artificial intelligence space, an energised, innovative and compassionate workforce is needed. Inclusive in the package that a company of ATNS’s stature brings to the industry is strong and sustainable relations with its key stakeholders. These are its shareholder, staff, industry partners, major suppliers, local communities, research and institutions of higher learning, among others,” read the statement. 

Former CEO Thabani Mthiyane’s contract, which ended in June 2018 but was extended for a further three months, was not renewed. –