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CAPE TOWN - South African Airways (SAA) yesterday announced a number of key appointments, including a procurement specialist, to fill the critical skills gap at the troubled airline as it forges ahead with implementing its turnaround strategy. 

The embattled airline is currently implementing its turnaround plan aimed at returning the company to financial sustainability, with leadership driving the implementation of the strategy. SAA appointed Kenneth Pillay as a procurement specialist, effective yesterday.

The airline said that Pillay will also act as chief procurement officer while the recruitment process is being finalised. 

Pillay has more than 20 years experience in integrated supply chain management, which ranges from demand and procurement planning, strategic sourcing, global sourcing, and Enterprise Resource Planning implementation across various organisations. 

Bob Head was appointed interim chief financial officer, effective from Wednesday. 

SAA said Head has extensive management experience in senior management roles both locally and internationally. 

- African News Agency