Cathay Pacific CEO quits as airline is dragged into HK turmoil2019|01:23
Hong Kong's political turmoil claimed a business casualty on Friday (August 16). Cathay Pacific chief Rupert Hogg has quit. The shock move came as the airline faced mounting pressure from Beijing. This week it fired two pilots for taking part in the city's protests. The airline has also agreed to submit crew lists to Beijing regulators. China doesn't want anyone involved in protests crewing flights to the mainland. On Friday Hogg he had to take responsibility for some "challenging weeks". He's been replaced by Augustus Tang, until now head of a related aircraft engineering firm. Cathay's chairman said the move was inevitable. John Slosar said recent events had hurt its brand, and called into question its commitment to flight safety. China, and its travellers, may be hard to placate. "The roots are rotten, it doesn't matter who's leading the company", said one much-liked comment on social media. Hong Kong has now been roiled by ten weeks of protests. More are expected over the weekend, though Beijing has warned it could use force to quell unrest. There are worries it could use solidiers to break up demonstrations. Amid all this, management changes seem unlikely to end Cathay's headache.