Bonza chief commercial officer Carly Povey is set to leave the aviation industry after having guided the low-cost carrier through its startup phase.
Povey, who previously helped launch UK-based airline Jet2.com, was responsible for building the Bonza brand including its app-based bookings, local partnerships, gender-neutral uniforms, and the recent launch of branded Bonza Holidays packages.
In a press release, Povey, who is moving to a new opportunity outside aviation, said she initially joined Bonza to create the “best experience in the skies” and deliver “positive change to the industry”.
“Two years in, having set the business up for long-term success, now is the time for me to move on to my next challenge, which I’ll start after a much-needed summer break, and which will see me move outside of my comfort zone and pursue new learning and development opportunities,” she said.
“Whilst this was not an easy decision, I leave behind a very capable team and an airline that has firmly solidified its place in the market and can now focus on continuing to learn and deliver the basics very well, earning the right to grow.
“I am beyond thankful to Tim, our Bonza legends and 777 Partners for the support they have given me and the chance to build an airline. I’d love to also take the opportunity to thank our partners, including airports, and customers who are a big part of Bonza’s success so far.
“I love this business and truly believe in Bonza’s mission and will forever be cheering them on from the sidelines.”
Bonza CEO Tim Jordan praised Povey, saying she has “played a fundamental role in setting Bonza up for long-term success”.
“Her strategic vision has set the scene for the next generation Chief Commercial Officer to join our team of legends as we move on from our initial start-up phase. Through Carly’s leadership, we have defied the odds to make aviation history on many levels,” he said.
“Amongst Carly’s strengths are her ability to think strategically, apply critical thinking, bring her team along for the journey and build lifelong relationships with partners. She does all of this with a huge dose of energy and humour. We wish her all the success in the world and thank her deeply for her commitment to Bonza.”
Povey is set to finish as Bonza CCO on 7 December, with the company already searching for her replacement.