British aviation exec selected as LIAT’s new CEO


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The board of directors of the Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, has selected a British aviation executive, David Evans, to become its next chief executive, informed sources said late Wednesday, according to the Caribbean Media Corporation.

Several sources independently confirmed that Evans was approved following “internal checks” but the leaders of the four shareholder governments of LIAT are expected to ratify their choice.

Evans, from Knutsford in northwest English county of Cheshire, has worked with British Airways and two fledgling carriers in the Middle East, Nile Air Airlines in Egypt and Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways.

Evans’ selection comes six months after Captain Ian Brunton resigned at the height of a series of setbacks as the island-hopping carrier sought to bring a replacement fleet of French-made ATR-71 aircraft for their aging Canadian-made DeHavilland Dash-8 and Bombardier Q-400 aircraft.

LIAT board chairman Jean Holder has so far declined to confirm or deny Evans’ appointment.