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Brunton didn’t say why he quit Liat
KINGSTOWN—Chair of LIAT’s shareholder governments, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says he does not know why Ian Brunton resigned as the airline’s chief executive officer after just one year on the job. LIAT’s board of directors announced late September that it had accepted Brunton’s resignation, effective October 1.
“I really don’t know what are the reasons for Captain Brunton’s resignation because none was offered; certainly, I have not seen any communications offered to the chairman and sent to me, or the person who is acting chairman, Isaac Solomon, who is a Vincentian,” Gonsalves said.
“I know that on Friday I saw an email, the email was sent to the chairman, Jean Holder and to Isaac Solomon, a copy was sent to me and I think Ian Brunton was having second thoughts that maybe he should pull back. But this is a matter which was dealt with by board, not by the shareholders, and that is where it is,” Gonsalves told a news conference.
Brunton’s resignation comes as LIAT is engaged in re-fleeting its ageing planes and what may be considered a bad few months for the airline given the problems, including flight cancellations, associated with the exercise. Brunton himself said LIAT experienced a “disastrous summer” this year. Asked if there was any “gentle persuasion” for Brunton to go, Gonsalves replied “absolutely not.
“I didn’t speak to Ian about it and I know that Baldwin Spencer (Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda) didn’t because I saw Baldwin in New York and we spoke about the matter and I didn’t communicate with my brother Freundel Stuart (Prime Minister of Barbados) but from what I know, he was not involved either. “This is a matter entirely dealt with by the Board of LIAT,” Gonsalves said. LIAT is owned by the governments of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica.
Brunton came to LIAT from its competitor—T&T owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL).
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