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Executive Management


Inati Ntshanga

CEO & Executive Director of SA Express

Inati Ntshanga has been CEO and Executive Director of SA Express for the last 4 years. Prior to his current position, he was the General Manager in charge of Strategy and Business Development. Before this he was also in charge of the Commercial department, including Airport Operations. Inati has over 15 years aviation expertise ranging from strategy, business development, project management, sales and marketing; including executive management roles at SAA in Strategy, airport operations, commercial. He also held senior leadership and executive positions at Old Mutual Personal Financial Advice and was a consultant at Bain & Company. He holds a BA Economics (Harvard), Global Executive Development and Board Leadership Programme (GIBS). He is a board member at Ukuvula Holdings and Suikerkop Lughawe (PTY) LTD. He also is a member of the executive committee of AASA (Airlines Association of Southern Africa), and has served as First Vice Chairman on the Executive Committee of African Airlines Association for 3 years. Inati is a father of 3 children, Fikile, Namhla and Musa.

Merriam Mochoele

General Manager:
Legal, Risk and Compliance

Merriam holds a B Proc. degree from the University of the North (now University of Limpopo), and is an admitted attorney of the High Court in good standing. She also holds a Management Development Programme from the University of Pretoria, as well as a certificate in Management of Aviation Quality and Service, from IATA. Formerly employed at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as a Senior Legal Advisor where she also acted, on a number of occasions, as an Executive Manager Legal and was also, for a period of approximately five years, a pseudo Senior Manager Legal. She further worked as a Director of Safety and Security at the Department of Transport. Her most recent assignment was with the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA), as the Executive Manager Compliance. Merriam has a remarkable international law experience, which was acquired during her involvement as a representative of South Africa on the ICAO Legal Committee, including its various sub groups and commissions.

Dave Allanby

General Manager:
Flight & Ground Operations and Technical

A qualified pilot, Captain Dave Allanby, is responsible for daily airline flight operations. His portfolio includes ensuring compliance to civil aviation legislation and IATA standard operating procedures, flight deck and cabin crew administration, schedule crew rosters and the planning of all aircrew training. Prior to joining SA Express, Captain Allanby spent eight years as the Chief Pilot of Gencor Aviation and prior to that Dave was at South African Airways for eight years. At SA Express, Dave’s previous roles included Audit Captain, Chief Pilot and Executive Manager: Flight Operations. He is currently Principal Officer of the Pension and Provident Fund and Lead Negotiator in annual union salary reviews.

Kgatile Nkala

General Manager:
Human Capital

Nkala completed a bachelor’s degree Social Science in 1995 and an honour’s degree in Industrial Relations in 2000, in between receiving a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management. She later studied for a certificate in Advanced Project Management at Stanford University (USA)
Centre for Professional Development. After working at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, she joined Equity Aviation Services (Pty) Limited as National/Group Training Manager before joining SA Express.

Mark Shelley

CFO of SA Express

Mark has run his own accounting and consulting practice for 10 years prior to joining SA Express. Prior to that Mark was a co founder of an AMO that provided technical maintenance services to regional carriers operating in central and West Africa. Before that Mark was Vice President: Finance at South African Airways, responsible for the entire finance function, from 1998 to 2005. He was the first representative from SAA to hold a seat on the IATA Finance Committee.
His previous jobs include senior finance manager positions at the Spar Group, Tongaat Foods and the Chamber of Mines of SA.
Mark is married to Debra, and has two children Kerryn and Brendan.
He holds a BCompt(Hons)(CTA) from UNISA as well as a CA(SA), and is a registered Chartered Accountant and Auditor.

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