ANA appoints new head for Americas
All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) has named Hideki Kunugi to the post of Senior Vice President, the Americas, effective April 1, 2015. Holding the highest executive position in the U.S., Kunugi will lead a team of more than 200 staff, responsible for all marketing, sales, airport operations, reservations and cargo services for the airline. Previously, Kunugi was the Vice President of Purchasing for ANA.
“Hideki Kunugi has been an integral part of the success of ANA worldwide,” said Mr. Osamu Shinobe, President & CEO, ANA. “While working in procurement, he drove the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and established ANA as the first and biggest operator of the state-of-the-art aircraft. As head of the Americas, we are confident that Kunugi-san will lead ANA to new growth, and greater customer satisfaction.”
Always pushing innovative reforms, during his tenure at ANA, Kunugi was also part of the team that first opened relations with United Airlines and Lufthansa to begin code sharing agreements. He also restructured the procurement process for the entire airline, implementing a standardized and streamlined system to increase quality control to new heights.