German CEO of PIA goes on leave; barred from leaving the country

PIA German CEO goes on Leave

The rough patch of PIA doesn’t seem to end as reportedly its Acting Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) Bernd Hildenbrand has gone on leave but some sources claim that he has been forced to go on a leave.

Bernd Hildenbrand will be taking a leave for 15 days starting on April 6, 2017, until April 20th, 2017. In the duration of his leave, he is not allowed to leave Pakistan. His name is on the Exit Control List (ECL) pending an investigation by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) into corruption and illegal actions.

On Wednesday, the administration terminated the services of a highly paid German national, Roman Schroeder, working as special assistant to the CEO of the airline due to poor performance, said sources in the national flag carrier on Wednesday.

Hildenbrand’s name was included in ECL due to the scandal involving the sale of PIA’s Airbus A310 aircraft to a German museum which is in clear violation of the rules and regulations. Also, he leased the aircraft at an inflated rate in comparison with the prevailing market rates.

The national flag carrier has been in the news for quite some time because of poor management and corruption scandals. Recently, the PIA’s CEO while talking to Reuters, an international news agency, asked Pakistani government to restrict Gulf airlines’ flights in Pakistan.

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