ANTIGUA – Caribbean carrier LIAT has appointed British national David Evans as its new CEO, effective April 22.

Evans is a results-driven executive with more than 35 years of experience in senior roles within the aviation industry.

Between 1975 and 1997, he served as airport manager, country manager and area manager with British Airways in East Africa, Saudi Arabia, France, the Philippines, China, Denmark and the United States. In the latter role, he held responsibility for the airline’s activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 1997, he became managing director of British Airways Regional, a position he held until 2001, when he became managing director of British Airways CitiExpress and BA Connect, serving in that capacity for six years.

He joined the United Nations Development Programme in 2007, and under their auspices, he served as chief operating officer of Zambian Airways in 2007. In 2009, he joined Kuwait startup airline Wataniya Airways as chief commercial officer. Since then, he has provided strategic and commercial consultancy services to Egypt’s Nile Air and other organizations in the Middle East.

Evans, who speaks Spanish, French, German and Mandarin Chinese, holds an MBA in business administration from Lancaster University and combined honors in modern languages from Wadham College, Oxford University.

He assumes the chief executive responsibilities from Barbadian Julie Reifer-Jones, who has been acting CEO since the resignation of Trinidadian Ian Brunton in September last year.