Ivan MišetićThe long running CEO of Croatia Airlines, Ivan Mišetić, has resigned from his post. Mišetič has worked in Croatia Airlines since 1992 and became the CEO of the national carrier 13 and a half years ago. Under his leadership he has seen Croatia Airlines transform from a small struggling carrier into one of the biggest in the region with the most number of carried passengers out of all the former Yugoslav airlines. However, recently, Mišetić has come under fire for the way he has run the airline. Croatia Airlines continues to see sliding passenger numbers this year and is operating with a record financial loss. The airline also faced a cabin crew strike earlier this year. In June, Mišetić came under fire after it was revealed that he sits on the Lufthansa CityLine supervisory board as well.
Mišetić has taken on a new job with the Atlantic Group. He told the “vecernji.hr” portal that he is not leaving a sinking ship. “During my time at Croatia Airline we faced the bird flu, SARS, September 11 attacks, NATO bombing, oil crisis and a big increase in competition. Despite these crises we have managed to renew our fleet, increase capacity and revenue, receive international certificates, become a Star Alliance member and most important of all have no serious incidents. Croatia Airlines is not facing anything else then what other airline in the industry are facing. I thank everyone for what we have achieved in the past 13 years”, Mišetić said.
Ivan Mišetić’s replacement is expected to be announced soon.