Board of Directors
	Board of Directors
The names and details of the current directors are set out below.

Dr. SUDDHOO Arjoon – Chairman

Dr Arjoon Suddhoo was born on 11 November 1958 in Mauritius. After winning the national Laureateship 1978, he started his higher education in England. He completed his Aeronautical Engineering course with First Class Honours at the University of Manchester and pursued his PhD in Aeronautics at the same University. He is also holder of an MBA with Distinction from the University of Liverpool. After his post-doctoral research at Manchester University, he was employed in 1986, as Research Scientist for Rolls-Royce Aerospace in UK. During his 8 years in the company, he was promoted to Principal Scientist and Research Manager, contributing significantly to the company R&D while working closely with responsible for company in-house and external Research and Development. During the same years, Dr Suddhoo worked in close collaboration with Cambridge and Oxford Universities and MIT.
In 1993, Dr Suddhoo returned to Mauritius to be employed as Head of Research and Planning by the Tertiary Education Commission and subsequently, in 1998, he assumed the post of Executive Director of the Mauritius Research Council, where he is currently.
Dr Suddhoo has been the Chairman of Air Mauritius, for the period 2001 to 2005 and is currently the President of the Aeronautical Society of Mauritius. He is on the boards of several parastatal bodies as well as private organisations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow and Board Member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors and a Fellow (Secretary) of the Mauritius Academy of Sciences. He was also appointed Visiting Professor, Chair in Innovation, Queens University, Ireland.

VILJOEN Andries Nathaniel – Chief Executive Officer

Mr Andries Nathaniel Viljoen is the Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed to the board on 21 July 2011. He joined the company in April 2009 as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer. Apart from his degrees in the commercial and financial fields, he is also a Chartered Accountant (SA). Mr Viljoen is a seasoned airline executive with more than 32 years airline leadership experience. His experience includes the 15 years he spent with Comair/British Airways as Finance and Commercial Director and the 8 years he spent at South African Airways initially as Chief Financial Officer and then as President and Chief Executive Officer.


Mr Philippe Espitalier-Noël was appointed to the Board on 9 October 2000. He is currently the Chief Executive for Rogers & Company Limited, one of the largest listed conglomerates in Mauritius. He holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal in South Africa and an MBA from the London Business School. He worked for CSC Index in London as Management Consultant between 1994 and 1997.


Mr. Rohit Nandan took charge of Air India Ltd. as Chairman & Managing Director on 12th August 2011. He was appointed to the Board on 12 August 2011. He was earlier Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Delhi and belongs to Service Cadre of “IAS/Uttar Pradesh/1982 batch. Prior to Civil Aviation Ministry, he held the post of Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

WOO SHING HAI Francois , G.O.S.K

Mr. François Woo Shing Hai,GOSK was appointed to the Board of Air Mauritius Limited on 14 August 2009 and is currently the Group Managing Director of Compagnie Mauricienne de Textile Ltée, industry leader in fashionwear manufacture. He received the prestigious award “Entrepreneur of the Year 2002”. Mr Woo Shing Hai was appointed by the Chairman of the World Bank and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund as adviser to the President of the Republic of Senegal. In the year 2006, he was conferred the academic title of Honorary Fellowship in Management by the University of Mauritius.

RIVALLAND Jean Michel Louis

Mr Jean Michel Louis Rivalland is currently the Group Chief Executive of Swan Insurance and Anglo Mauritius Assurance. He was previously part of the management team of Commercial Union in South Africa and conducted several assignments for Commercial Union in Europe. He then worked as Actuary and Consultant for Watson Wyatt Worldwide. He is a former President of the Joint Economic Council and of the Insurers’ Association of Mauritius. He is a Board member of the Mauritius Revenue Authority. He has played an active role in the development of risk management, insurance and pensions in Mauritius having chaired or been part of various technical committees on these areas. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Science and Statistics, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, UK. He was appointed to the Board 26 July 2012.

RACHOU Etienne

Mr Etienne Rachou was appointed to the Board on 7 November 2013. After graduating from the HEC Business School, he began his career in 1979 with the Air France Group. In 1987, he was appointed Vice President Sales, Air France for the Paris region. He became Air France Regional Manager for United Kingdom and Ireland in April 1996 before becoming Air France Senior Vice President, Europe & North Africa, on 30 June 1998. Mr E Rachou was promoted Air France Senior Vice President, Africa & Middle East, on 1 July 2007 and he was made Senior Vice President Africa & Middle East, Air France KLM on 1 September 2008. He was appointed Deputy Executive Vice President International & The Netherlands, Air France KLM on 1 January 2010, and became a member of the Air France Executive Committee. As from July 2013, Mr E Rachou became Head of the Alliances Air France and Project Manager Alliances, Air France / KLM Group.


Appointed to the board on 09 March 2015.


Appointed to the board on 05 February 2015.

VEERASAMY Banoomatee

Appointed to the board on 09 March 2015.


Appointed to the board on 05 February 2015.


Appointed to the board on 09 March 2015.

HEIN Marc, G.O.S.K

Appointed to the board on 10 April 2015.


Appointed to the board on 10 April 2015.

MUNGROO Bissoon, G.O.S.K

Appointed to the board on 10 April 2015.

NOORAULLY Fooad - Company Secretary

Mr Fooad Nooraully Is the Executive Vice President-Legal, Corporate Communications & Company Secretary. He was formerly the Company Secretary& General Counsel. He joined the company in April 2001. Barrister-at-law by profession, he is in charge of the Legal Department, Corporate Communications and Company Secretariat.A former State Counsel and Lecturer in law at the University of Mauritius, he holds a Masters in Commercial Law from the University of Birmingham.