Maria Micallef has been appointed chairwoman of Air Malta.

She succeeds Ray Fenech who resigned for personal reasons, the government said.

In a statement this evening, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis thanked Mr Fenech for his 'valuable contribution'.

Ms Micallef, has, for the last 15 years, occupied various senior positions within the Mizzi Organisation and was also on the Air Malta board.

She served as general manager of General Soft Drinks Co. Ltd and was the first woman appointed as member on the European Technical Council of The Coca Cola Company, advising cross functional teams.

Ms Micallef holds a MBA from the Maastricht School of Management. 

Dr Zammit Lewis said Ms Micallef had the qualities that were essential for this position, especially in providing strategic direction to Air Malta,  an integral part of the tourism sector.

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