Olbia, 18 April 2018 – Air Italy is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Mills, an aviation professional with extensive knowledge and relationships across both full service and low-cost carriers, as Chief Operations Officer of the airline with immediate effect.
In the newly created position, Neil will report to the Deputy Executive Chairman and will have the role of coordinating and directing all the functions of the Company under the guidance of the Board. There are no changes in the responsibilities of the current Accountable manager of the Airline.
Air Italy’s Deputy Executive Chairman Marco Rigotti said: “We warmly welcome Neil in our team. The new Air Italy project is quickly progressing and thanks to Neil we will optimize the commercial, operational and financial performance of the airline, always bearing in mind the long term strategic goals we want to achieve”.
Neil Mills, a British South African, is a qualified accountant and has over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry. His aviation career started in 1997 with easyJet Limited based in the UK where he stayed for 12 years in progressively more senior roles and became the Procurement Director and part of the management board. In 2009 he moved to Dubai to be part of the startup management team for flydubai as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as it became one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. He then moved to Delhi as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SpiceJet Limited and lead the growth of that carrier by over 150% to 56 aircraft in 3 years. Neil then moved to Manila to lead the turnaround team as Chief Executive Advisor (CEA) of Philippine airlines Group, this was recognized by CAPA as the Asian airline turnaround of the year in 2015. His most recent role was the Chief Planning and Strategy Officer (CSPO) of Air Berlin since 2016, where he worked with the board and shareholders to restructure the company.